Suggs stunner sends Zags to title game

04 April 2021 20:38:34 GMTPlus11

Gonzaga overcame UCLA Bruins 93-90 in overtime to reach Monday's NCAA Championship game thanks to Jaylen Suggs' sensational buzzer-beater.

Johnny Juzang levelled the score for the Bruins at 90-90 with just seconds remaining but the Bulldogs sent the ball to freshman guard Suggs, who unleashed a shot from near the logo just before time expired to send Gonzaga into the final.

"Unbelievable college basketball game," Gonzaga coach Mark Few told CBS afterwards. "We made a lucky one at the end, but I'm telling ya, he makes those all the time in practice when we practice late-game situations.

"He's just got this magical aura about him. I knew when he shot it, it was going in."

Suggs finished the game with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, as well as making six assists and five rebounds.

UCLA's Juzang led the game in scoring with 29 points, while sophomore forward Drew Timme top scored for Gonzaga with 25 and Joel Ayayi had 22 for the Bulldogs.

The Zags have a chance to become the first team since Indiana Hoosiers in 1976 to go through a full season undefeated but they face a stern test against Baylor in the national title game on Monday.

Baylor overcame Houston Cougars 78-59 in the other semifinal, with Jared Butler scoring 17 points and Davion Mitchell registering a double-double.

The Championship game throws number one preseason seed Gonzaga up against preseason number two Baylor in what could well be a classic showdown.

Gonzaga areĀ 1/2 to win in the Money Line and Baylor can be backed at 17/10.

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