Northwestern Wildcats return home after dream season comes to an end

Northwestern Wildcats return home after dream season comes to an end”

Gonzaga's Zach Collins sticks his hand through the hoop to block a shot by Northwestern center Dererk Pardon on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.

Northwestern coach Chris Collins was furious the moment that call was missed - so furious that he ran out onto the floor and the officials called a technical on him.

When Chris Collins first heard the NCAA's statement on the non-call in his postgame press conference, all he could do was laugh it off.

Gonzaga hit both free throws in what was a critical four-point swing.

"We played desperate, " McIntosh said.

In addition to crowning the top collegiate men's basketball team, the March Madness tournament every year also crowns new winners of the internet. With the Bulldogs keeping their turnovers and missed shots down and limiting Law's transition opportunities, he was left to make the entirety of his impact through his spot-up shooting from distance, which yielded just one made field goal in the first half.

Collins credited the fans' energy for motivating his team down the stretch of the first-round game, when his players were exhausted and his team was trying to cling to a lead.

In the end, Northwestern fell just short, but that should take nothing away from what was a season that will be remembered in Evanston forever.

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Allonzo Trier added 14 points - all in the second half - for the Wildcats.

"To have people kind of jump on our backs like that was awesome", said Northwestern forward Nathan Taphorn, sitting by his locker. "Kind of a rough call toward the end there, but it was a good season". "It was awesome to ... just be here, and knowing that our fans have our back like that, it was awesome".

"It still was an awesome year for this program, " Lindsey said in the losing locker room.

Junior guard Bryant McIntosh, who scored 25 points in the victory over Vanderbilt, and wing Scottie Lindsey pace an offense that takes care of the ball (14th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio). "But it's an honest mistake".

I thought we responded several different times to their runs throughout the second half. Referees are human beings. I don't necessarily think when you get into the NCAA tournament and have one day of prep you switch everything you're doing.

The Bulldogs (34-1) prevailed despite making just four baskets over the final 13 minutes of the second half.

Alas, Gonzaga sharpshooter Nigel Williams-Goss temporarily killed that idea, drilling a 3-pointer after Northwestern closed the gap to 44-32 and putting his finger to his lips to shush the crowd. Coach Mark Few turned to his bench and inserted freshmen Zach Collins and Killian Tillie for Przemek Karnowski and Johnathan Williams.

The super-fan was shown multiple times on national television yelling, waving his arms, and even possibly crying as it became clear that his team was not going to advance to the sweet 16. So that's why for us we don't really view ourselves as a Cinderella story because we feel we've played a great schedule.

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