Gonzaga had won 29 of its 30 games by double-digits entering Saturday night’s Final Four showdown with UCLA, but the Bulldogs finally had to survive a thriller to keep their perfect record in tact. The No. 11 seed Bruins gave the Zags everything they could handle before Gonzaga squeaked out a 93-90 victory in overtime.
Jalen Suggs banked in a desperation 3-pointer at the final buzzer to secure the victory after UCLA’s Johnny Juzang tied it at 90 with a lay-up just seconds before.
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.