Yeah, that was a blown interference call against Gonzaga

Rachel Hardy
March 20, 2017

"We knew coming in that Northwestern had a lot of fight in them", Gonzaga coach Mark Few said after his team reached the Sweet 16 for the third straight year. Lumpkin is moving on, one of just two players on this roster who won't be back for the quest for back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2017-18. "... And at the end of the day, we just competed".

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Top-seeded Villanova was bounced from the tournament by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, which overcame foul trouble for two of its stars in the second half Saturday to upset the defending champions in the East region. "We had all the momentum", Collins said.

Adding to it: The NCAA released a statement acknowledging the call was missed, and Collins was sitting at the postgame interview while he heard it read to him for the first time. I was cool with 1-seeded Gonzaga pasting them, and the Bulldogs jumped out to a 34-12 lead in the first half.

Collins was measured after the game when addressing the missed call, but was clearly frustrated with the finality of a loss in what was a historic season for Northwestern. The guy puts his hand through the rim.

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McIntosh, who scored 13 of Northwestern's 53 second half points, dumped it off to Barret Benson for the two-handed jam. Moments later, Mathews picked off McIntosh, pushed the ball to Melson, who tossed an off-balance alley-oop which was flushed by Killian Tillie - his first in-game dunk with his healing broken hand.

Understandably, the emotions came pouring out in the final seconds as Collins substituted the rest of his starters after Pardon fouled out. "I've had so many people come up to me and say I don't really realize what we've done and how much it's meant to them". For this to happen during my last year, for us to make it this far, the season we had, for everything to fall into place for my last year is a dream come true for me. It's common this time of year - and throughout college sports - in the social media age, as TV cameras are quick to spotlight emotional fans in the stands and everybody online is immediately ready to make those camera shots go viral. "But it's an honest mistake".

Northwestern isn't Elaine dancing anymore - and referees are part of the reason why. However, his efficiency did take a hit in the second half when he shot 1-9 from the field and failed to pick up another assist. I appreciate the apology. Then on the other end, Scottie Lindsey blocked Williams-Goss shot. But most of all, I guess I'm just happy at Northwestern for being much better than I had ever hoped. Bryant McIntosh led Northwestern with 7 pts and Nigel Williams - Goss 14 pts for Gonzaga. Turnovers doomed the Wildcats in the first half, but in the second Gonzaga coughed the ball up 11 times (14 total).

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