Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs banked in a desperation 3-pointer to beat the buzzer in overtime to give the Zags a 93-90 victory over upset-minded UCLA in a memorable Final Four game Saturday.
No. 1 seed Gonzaga had won 29 of its 30 games by double-digits entering the showdown with the No. 11 seed Bruins, but the Bulldogs finally had to survive a thriller to keep their perfect record intact. The Bruins gave the Zags everything they could handle before Gonzaga squeaked out the victory.
UCLA’s Johnny Juzang tied it at 90 with a lay-up just seconds before Suggs’ heroics.
The Bulldogs, who are the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, will advance to play No. 2 overall seed Baylor in Monday night’s national title game.
After scoring 28 points in a 51-49 victory Michigan in the Elite Eight on Tuesday, Juzang turned in another spectacular performance for UCLA with 29 points. But the 6-foot-6 sophomore was whistled for a charge with 1.1 seconds left in regulation while driving for a potential game-winning shot.
That call sent the game to overtime, and from there, Gonzaga center Drew Timme took over with six quick points in the opening two minutes of overtime. The star sophomore finished with 25 points for the Bulldogs, who improved to 31-0 with the victory.