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Top-seeded Gonzaga survives for 61-58 win over West Virginia

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Jevon Carter fired up two potential tying 3-pointers only to see them go off-target and Gonzaga didn't allow West Virginia to get off a third.

A defensive stop was a fitting way for this offensively challenged Sweet 16 matchup to end.

Jordan Mathews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute to play and top-seeded Gonzaga survived a rough shooting night all around to beat No. 4 seed West Virginia 61-58 Thursday night to advance to the West Regional final.

''All year we've been banking on our defense, our defense, our defense,'' coach Mark Few said. ''Our defense stepped up and got it done there at the end. So we are absolutely elated to continue to be playing. We're 40 minutes away from a Final Four.''

The Bulldogs (35-1) needed that defense to make their third Elite Eight in school history on a night that featured 51 fouls and only 34 made baskets. They also needed someone to make a key shot and Mathews delivered with the 3-pointer that made it 60-58.

''We had never come across that throughout the season. It wasn't frustration. It was more like, I don't know, confusion, trying to figure it out,'' Mathews said of the shooting woes. ''But just staying the course and just rallying around our guys and just thinking about the defensive end, helped my offense in the end.''

West Virginia (29-8) had three shots to tie the game but Tarik Phillip missed a shot from the lane and Jevon Carter missed two 3-pointers after Silas Melson made one foul shot. The Mountaineers rebounded both misses but couldn't get another shot off in the final 13 seconds.

''To know you were so close and you gave everything you had and to come up sort, it hurts,'' said Carter, who had a game-high 21 points.

Despite shooting 26.7 percent for the game, West Virginia stayed close and took a 58-55 lead on a 3-pointer by Carter with 1:47 to play. But the Mountaineers didn't score again and went down to a crushing loss.

Nigel Williams-Goss answered with two free throws. After Daxter Miles Jr. missed two fouls shots and Nathan Adrian was blocked by Josh Perkins on the putback, Williams-Goss found Mathews in the corner for the open 3-pointer that proved the game-winner.

''You tell me another team in the country who can shoot 26 percent from the field against a No. 1 seed, 21 percent from 3 and still could have, should have won the game,'' coach Bob Huggins said. ''That says a lot about what kind of guys we have.''

Mathews, Przemek Karnowski and Johnathan Williams all had 13 points to lead the Bulldogs.

BIG PICTURE

West Virginia: The Mountaineers could get nothing going offensively most of the night but a pair of 3-pointers by Carter in the second half helped them fight back from an eight-point deficit to briefly take the lead in the second half. The rest of the team made just 10 baskets.

Gonzaga: The Bulldogs struggled to get into their offense all game. When they managed to beat the Mountaineers relentless press, they couldn't capitalize in the halfcourt. WCC Player of the Year Williams-Goss was held to 10 points on 2-for-10 shooting with five turnovers.

MONKEY AROUND

Gonzaga as made it to its third regional final to go along with eight Sweet 16 trips and 19 straight tournament appearances. All that's missing is a trip to the Final Four.

''I don't know that I have a monkey on my back. I certainly don't wake up with one or walk around with one,'' Few said. ''I don't think these guys think I have one. I don't think my wife thinks I have one or anybody in my family, close friends. Fishing buddies never talk about it. So those are the only people that really matter to me.''

INADVERTENT WHISTLE

Carter's go-ahead shot came after a lengthy replay review that gave West Virginia a second chance. Adrian appeared to go out of bounds under the basket in transition but the officials reviewed the play and determined that there was an inadvertent whistle.

UGLY START

The first half was far from an aesthetic masterpiece with 27 fouls and just 16 baskets. The teams combined for 29 percent shooting, including 2 for 16 from 3-point range as the game went into the break tied at 30.

UP NEXT

Gonzaga plays No. 11 seed Xavier for a spot in the Final Four.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Gonzaga  
19:42   Nigel Williams-Goss missed jump shot  
19:40   Defensive rebound by Elijah Macon  
19:40   Personal foul on Johnathan Williams  
19:19   Daxter Miles Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:17   Defensive rebound by Nigel Williams-Goss  
19:11 +2 Johnathan Williams made layup, assist by Nigel Williams-Goss 0-2
18:40   Traveling violation turnover on Nathan Adrian  
18:31 +2 Jordan Mathews made layup 0-4
18:32   Shooting foul on Elijah Macon  
18:32 +1 Jordan Mathews made free throw 0-5
18:15   Shooting foul on Jordan Mathews  
18:15 +1 Esa Ahmad made 1st of 2 free throws 1-5
18:15 +1 Esa Ahmad made 2nd of 2 free throws 2-5
18:06   Jordan Mathews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:04   Offensive rebound by Przemek Karnowski  
17:58   Lost ball turnover on Jordan Mathews, stolen by West Virginia  
17:51   Shooting foul on Josh Perkins  
17:51 +1 Jevon Carter made 1st of 2 free throws 3-5
17:51 +1 Jevon Carter made 2nd of 2 free throws 4-5
17:44   Shooting foul on Daxter Miles Jr.  
17:46   Johnathan Williams missed 1st of 2 free throws  
17:46 +1 Johnathan Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 4-6
17:32   Esa Ahmad missed jump shot  
17:30   Offensive rebound by Daxter Miles Jr.  
17:25   Daxter Miles Jr. missed tip-in  
17:23   Offensive rebound by Daxter Miles Jr.  
17:23 +2 Daxter Miles Jr. made dunk 6-6
17:08 +2 Johnathan Williams made layup, assist by Przemek Karnowski 6-8
16:56   Offensive foul on Daxter Miles Jr.  
16:56   Turnover on Daxter Miles Jr.  
16:50 +2 Nigel Williams-Goss made jump shot 6-10
16:36   Tarik Phillip missed jump shot  
16:34   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
16:13   Silas Melson missed jump shot  
16:11   Defensive rebound by Tarik Phillip  
15:47   Tarik Phillip missed jump shot  
15:45   Defensive rebound by Nigel Williams-Goss  
15:28   Nigel Williams-Goss missed layup, blocked by Tarik Phillip  
15:26   Defensive rebound by Brandon Watkins  
15:10   Traveling violation turnover on Esa Ahmad  
15:10   Commercial timeout called  
14:54   Silas Melson missed layup, blocked by Jevon Carter  
14:52   Defensive rebound by Teyvon Myers  
14:45   Jevon Carter missed layup  
14:43   Defensive rebound by Killian Tillie  
14:38   Jordan Mathews missed layup, blocked by Brandon Watkins  
14:36   Defensive rebound by West Virginia  
14:24   Lamont West missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:22   Defensive rebound by Nigel Williams-Goss  
14:14   Turnover on Jordan Mathews  
13:54   Jevon Carter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:52   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
13:40   Shooting foul on Lamont West  
13:40 +1 Killian Tillie made 1st of 2 free throws 6-11
13:40   Killian Tillie missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:40   Defensive rebound by Nathan Adrian  
13:24 +2 Teyvon Myers made layup 8-11
13:12   Silas Melson missed layup  
13:10   Defensive rebound by Jevon Carter  
13:00   Shooting foul on Killian Tillie  
13:00 +1 Sagaba Konate made 1st of 2 free throws 9-11
13:00   Sagaba Konate missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
13:00   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
12:32 +2 Silas Melson made jump shot 9-13
12:13   Personal foul on Josh Perkins  
11:57   Nathan Adrian missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:55   Defensive rebound by Johnathan Williams  
11:38   Lost ball turnover on Zach Collins  
11:38   Personal foul on Zach Collins  
11:38   Commercial timeout called  
11:27 +2 Elijah Macon made jump shot, assist by Nathan Adrian 11-13
11:13   Shooting foul on Esa Ahmad  
11:12 +1 Johnathan Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 11-14
11:12   Johnathan Williams missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
11:12   Defensive rebound by Elijah Macon  
10:54   Nathan Adrian missed jump shot  
10:52   Offensive rebound by Elijah Macon  
10:45   Lost ball turnover on Jevon Carter, stolen by Gonzaga  
10:39   Jordan Mathews missed layup  
10:37   Offensive rebound by Johnathan Williams  
10:36 +2 Johnathan Williams made tip-in 11-16
10:11 +2 Nathan Adrian made layup 13-16
10:00   Personal foul on Esa Ahmad  
9:52   Jordan Mathews missed jump shot, blocked by Brandon Watkins  
9:50   Defensive rebound by West Virginia  
9:26   Daxter Miles Jr. missed jump shot  
9:24   Defensive rebound by Jordan Mathews  
9:20   Nigel Williams-Goss missed layup  
9:18   Defensive rebound by Jevon Carter  
9:12   Traveling violation turnover on Brandon Watkins  
9:01 +2 Przemek Karnowski made hook shot 13-18
8:49   Tarik Phillip missed jump shot  
8:47   Offensive rebound by Brandon Watkins  
8:46   Brandon Watkins missed tip-in  
8:45   Defensive rebound by Rui Hachimura  
8:38   Offensive foul on Przemek Karnowski  
8:38   Turnover on Przemek Karnowski  
8:15 +3 Jevon Carter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tarik Phillip 16-18
8:00 +3 Johnathan Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Silas Melson 16-21
7:46   Shooting foul on Johnathan Williams  
7:46   Commercial timeout called  
7:46 +1 Tarik Phillip made 1st of 2 free throws 17-21
7:46 +1 Tarik Phillip made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-21
7:22   Traveling violation turnover on Silas Melson  
7:05   Jevon Carter missed layup  
7:03   Offensive rebound by Jevon Carter  
7:00   Personal foul on Rui Hachimura  
7:00   Lamont West missed free throw  
7:00   Offensive rebound by Daxter Miles Jr.  
6:38   Offensive foul on Sagaba Konate  
6:38   Turnover on Sagaba Konate  
6:20   Nigel Williams-Goss missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:18   Defensive rebound by Daxter Miles Jr.  
5:59   Jumpball received by West Virginia  
5:56   Lamont West missed layup, blocked by Zach Collins  
5:54   Defensive rebound by Nigel Williams-Goss  
5:47   Jordan Mathews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:45   Defensive rebound by Daxter Miles Jr.  
5:42   Shooting foul on Killian Tillie  
5:42 +1 Elijah Macon made 1st of 2 free throws 19-21
5:42   Elijah Macon missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:41   Personal foul on Lamont West  
5:41 +1 Zach Collins made 1st of 2 free throws 19-22
5:41   Zach Collins missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:41   Defensive rebound by Lamont West  
5:22 +2 Tarik Phillip made layup 21-22
5:22   Shooting foul on Jordan Mathews  
5:22   Tarik Phillip missed free throw  
5:22   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
5:04   Jordan Mathews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:03   Personal foul on Killian Tillie  
5:03 +1 Tarik Phillip made 1st of 2 free throws 22-22
5:03   Tarik Phillip missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:03   Defensive rebound by Zach Collins  
4:59   Lost ball turnover on Nigel Williams-Goss, stolen by West Virginia  
4:53   Daxter Miles Jr. missed layup  
4:51   Offensive rebound by Elijah Macon  
4:47   Jevon Carter missed layup  
4:45   Defensive rebound by Przemek Karnowski  
4:45   Defensive rebound by Przemek Karnowski  
4:19   Przemek Karnowski missed layup  
4:17   Defensive rebound by Daxter Miles Jr.  
3:49   Tarik Phillip missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:47   Offensive rebound by Jevon Carter  
3:38 +2 Nathan Adrian made layup, assist by Elijah Macon 24-22
3:20 +2 Przemek Karnowski made hook shot 24-24
2:55   Tarik Phillip missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:53   Offensive rebound by Nathan Adrian  
2:51   Shooting foul on Zach Collins  
2:51   Commercial timeout called  
2:51 +1 Nathan Adrian made 1st of 2 free throws 25-24
2:51 +1 Nathan Adrian made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-24
2:37   Personal foul on Elijah Macon  
2:37 +1 Josh Perkins made 1st of 2 free throws 26-25
2:37 +1 Josh Perkins made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-26
2:19   Teyvon Myers missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:17   Defensive rebound by Nigel Williams-Goss  
2:03   Shooting foul on Jevon Carter  
2:03   Josh Perkins missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:03   Josh Perkins missed 1st of 2 free throws  
2:03 +1 Josh Perkins made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-27
1:43   Daxter Miles Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:39   Personal foul on Nathan Adrian  
1:39   Nigel Williams-Goss missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:39   Nigel Williams-Goss missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:39 +1 Nigel Williams-Goss made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-28
1:18   Nathan Adrian missed jump shot  
1:14   Personal foul on Teyvon Myers  
1:14 +1 Silas Melson made 1st of 2 free throws 26-29
1:14 +1 Silas Melson made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-30
1:14 +1 Silas Melson made 1st of 2 free throws 26-31
58.0   Tarik Phillip missed 3-pt. jump shot  
56.0   Offensive rebound by Brandon Watkins  
56.0   Shooting foul on Rui Hachimura  
56.0 +1 Brandon Watkins made 1st of 2 free throws 27-30
56.0 +1 Brandon Watkins made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-30
39.0   5-second inbounding violation turnover on Zach Collins  
17.0   Lamont West missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15.0   Offensive rebound by Jevon Carter  
6.0   Personal foul on Jeremy Jones  
6.0 +1 Jevon Carter made 1st of 2 free throws 29-30
6.0 +1 Jevon Carter made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-30
1.0   Silas Melson missed layup  
0.0   Offensive rebound by Gonzaga  
1.0   Silas Melson missed layup  
0.0   Offensive rebound by Gonzaga  
0.0   Offensive rebound by Gonzaga  
0.0   Offensive rebound by Gonzaga  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:44 +2 Przemek Karnowski made layup 30-32
19:08   Shot clock violation turnover on West Virginia  
18:52   Jordan Mathews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:50   Defensive rebound by Jevon Carter  
18:37   Jevon Carter missed jump shot, blocked by Nigel Williams-Goss  
18:35   Offensive rebound by Daxter Miles Jr.  
18:32   Lost ball turnover on Esa Ahmad  
18:31   Traveling violation turnover on Josh Perkins  
18:14   Personal foul on Jordan Mathews  
18:12   Nathan Adrian missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:10   Offensive rebound by Esa Ahmad  
18:09 +2 Esa Ahmad made tip-in 32-32
18:00   Personal foul on Daxter Miles Jr.  
17:53   Shooting foul on Jevon Carter  
17:52 +1 Johnathan Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 32-33
17:52 +1 Johnathan Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-34
17:38   Shooting foul on Przemek Karnowski  
17:37 +1 Esa Ahmad made 1st of 2 free throws 33-34
17:37 +1 Esa Ahmad made 2nd of 2 free throws 34-34
17:25 +3 Jordan Mathews made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Przemek Karnowski 34-37
17:05   Elijah Macon missed jump shot  
17:03   Defensive rebound by Przemek Karnowski  
16:52 +3 Jordan Mathews made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Johnathan Williams 34-40
16:52   Shooting foul on Nathan Adrian  
16:52 +1 Jordan Mathews made free throw 34-41
16:26   Lost ball turnover on Esa Ahmad, stolen by Gonzaga  
16:13   Turnover on Nigel Williams-Goss  
16:13 +3 Jevon Carter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Elijah Macon 37-41
15:58   Jordan Mathews missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:56   Offensive rebound by Przemek Karnowski  
15:42   Lost ball turnover on Przemek Karnowski, stolen by West Virginia  
15:39   Personal foul on Nigel Williams-Goss  
15:39   Commercial timeout called  
15:22   Tarik Phillip missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:20   Defensive rebound by Przemek Karnowski  
15:09   Personal foul on Nathan Adrian  
15:01   Personal foul on Brandon Watkins  
14:54 +2 Przemek Karnowski made layup 37-43
14:26   Tarik Phillip missed jump shot  
14:24   Defensive rebound by Josh Perkins  
14:10   Nigel Williams-Goss missed layup  
14:08   Offensive rebound by Nigel Williams-Goss  
13:59 +2 Przemek Karnowski made jump shot, assist by Josh Perkins 37-45
13:30   Defensive rebound by Johnathan Williams  
13:32   Elijah Macon missed jump shot  
13:30   Defensive rebound by Johnathan Williams  
13:24   Johnathan Williams missed layup, blocked by Elijah Macon  
13:22   Offensive rebound by Jordan Mathews  
13:10   Przemek Karnowski missed jump shot  
13:08   Defensive rebound by Nathan Adrian  
12:54 +3 Jevon Carter made 3-pt. jump shot 40-45
12:16   Nigel Williams-Goss missed jump shot  
12:21