Saturday’s box score
Wichita St. 76, Gonzaga 70
Percentages: FG .500, FT .667. 3-Point Goals: 14-28, .500 (Baker 4-6, Early 4-7, Cotton 2-3, Van Vleet 2-4, White 1-1, Armstead 1-6, Williams 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 6 (Hall 3, Early 2, Orukpe). Turnovers: 15 (Hall 3, Armstead 3, Orukpe 2, White 2, Early 2, Lufile, Baker, Van Vleet). Steals: 8 (Armstead 2, Cotton 2, Early, Baker, Van Vleet, Hall). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .356, FT .690. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Pangos 4-12, Hart 2-2, Barham 1-2, Harris 1-2, Bell, Jr. 0-1, Dower 0-1, Olynyk 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 2 (Dower, Olynyk). Turnovers: 13 (Pangos 4, Olynyk 4, Harris 3, Bell, Jr., Dower). Steals: 8 (Harris 3, Pangos 3, Barham, Olynyk). Technical Fouls: None.
3640–76Gonzaga 31 39 – 70
Att.–16,060. Officials–John Higgins, Brian Dorsey, John Gaffney.
Get up early
As in Thursday’s win over Pittsburgh, Wichita State showed the higher-seeded team immediately it could hang.
Cleanthony Early’s three-pointer, in a sign of things to come, put the Shockers up 10-5.
A three by Ron Baker provided WSU’s largest lead of the half, 26-13. Gonzaga rallied, again using offensive rebounds as a weapon. Kevin Pangos started the rally with a three. Kelly Olynyk made two free throws, after a flagrant foul on Ehimen Orukpe for an elbow, with 5:16 to play. Elias Harris’ three cut the lead to 29-22. Harris followed that with an offensive rebound.
Gonzaga closed to within 34-31 before a tip at the buzzer gave the Shockers a 36-31 halftime lead.
WSU made 7 of 15 threes and 14 of 29 shots in the first half. Gonzaga out-rebounded WSU 21-14 and scored 13 second-chance points off 11 offensive rebounds.
Early scored eight points in the first half, helping WSU to a 16-0 edge from the bench. Olynyk scored 13, although shooting 4 of 11. Mike Hart grabbed eight rebounds, four on the offensive glass.
Shocker sophomore Jake White provided an unexpected boost from long range in the first half. He made his first-three-pointer since Dec. 30 _ and his third this season _ to give the Shockers a 29-19 lead.
He did more familiar work at the end of the half, reaching over a Bulldog to tip in a missed shot at the buzzer. After looking at the video, referee John Higgins signaled to count the basket and WSU led 36-31 at halftime.
Gonzaga guard Gary Bell Jr. played only two second-half minutes after complaining of a foot injury at halftime.
“He just couldn’t go,” coach Mark Few said. “That didn’t help us defensively. He is our best perimeter defender.”
WSU made 14 threes and 11 two-point shots.… WSU’s bench outscored Gonzaga’s 34-7.… The Shockers improved to 10-10 in the NCAA Tournament and 2-0 vs Gonzaga.…Gonzaga dropped to 18-16 and became the first No. 1 seed to lose in this season’s tournament.
— Paul Suellentrop