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Gonzaga Defeats Northwestern 79-73, Advances to Sweet 16 vs. W. Virginia

Nigel Williams-Goss led the Zags in scoring. (Gonzaga photo by Torrey Vail)

Nigel Williams-Goss led the Zags. (Gonzaga photo by Torrey Vail)

Courtesy Gonzaga Athletics

SALT LAKE CITY — Top-seeded Gonzaga fought off a wild Northwestern comeback for a 79-73 victory Saturday night in a second-round game of the NCAA Tournament.

Northwestern trimmed a 22-point deficit to five and had the ball with 4:54 left.

After Nigel Williams-Goss made both free throws, eighth-seeded Northwestern (24-12) — in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history — never got closer.

Williams-Goss led the Zags (34-1) with 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Collins and Jordan Mathews had 14 points each.

Bryant McIntosh, who hit the go-ahead free throws in Northwestern’s opening-round win, had 20 for the Wildcats and Vic Law had 18.

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Gonzaga faces fourth-seeded West Virginia in the West regional semifinal Thursday in San Jose, California.

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