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Kristopher Nichols
March 16, 2018

When fourth-seeded Gonzaga faces No. 13 seed UNC Greensboro on Thursday in the first round of the West Region at Boise, Idaho, the Zags might have flashbacks to their former Cinderella days.

After Norvell's go-ahead hoop, Alonso got called for an offensive foul, but on the ensuing possession, Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura missed a pair of free throws.

They moved up two spots from No. 12 to No. 10 in the poll, sitting right behind Duke who is No. 9.

Kuiper got a putback basket to put the Spartans up 64-62 with 1:46 left to force a Gonzaga timeout.

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UNCG was 0-for-13 in the first half from 3-point range as Gonzaga took a 32-23 halftime lead. Defensively, Gonzaga yields 67.1 points per game against the opposing teams. While the Zags are aiming for another deep run, they'll need to be careful not to overlook UNC Greensboro, which boasts a veteran backcourt and ranks sixth in the nation in scoring defense at 62.4 points per game.

LOCKDOWN D: James Dickey finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans, and his long arms and out-of-the-building hops kept Gonzaga in check through much of the game.

ON the season, Gonzaga averages 84.5 points, 39.9 rebounds and 15.7 assists per game.

Gonzaga (31-4) led by as many as 12 points in the second half, but the Spartans (27-8) wouldn't go away as their guard duo of Francis Alonso and Demetrius Troy led UNCG back into the lead with a minute remaining. UNC Greensboro vs Gonzaga tv channel is on TNT.

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