Ultimately, the Red Raiders' elite defense proved too much for Mark Few and the Bulldogs to handle, as the No. 1 seed fell well short of their season average of 88.2 points per game. No. 3 Texas Tech ultimately prevailed 75-69, clinching their spot in the Final Four for the first time in program history.
In the final moments of the contest, Josh Perkins hit a clutch three-pointer to bring Gonzaga within two points. On the following possession however, Perkins reached over the baseline during Texas Tech's attempt to inbound the ball, which is a technical foul and put the Red Raiders back on the free-throw line and gave them the ball back with just 11 seconds on the clock. The costly mistake from Perkins ended the Bulldogs' NCAA Tournament run.
Oh wow!! Josh Perkins reaches across the inbdound line and that should be ball game! Texas Tech to the final four babyyyyyyyy I’ll take it! My bracket showing signs of life.— Davidson Baker (@DaveBakeMMA) March 31, 2019
After a high-scoring first half, the two team's defenses stepped up and made the second half a defensive battle. Gonzaga was held to 43.1% shooting on the night, and struggled from three-point territory, shooting 7-for-25 from beyond the arc.
Despite Jarrett Culver's offensive woes in the outing (5-for-18 shooting from the field), the potential lottery pick still provided 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Leading the charge offensively for Texas Tech was senior guard Matt Mooney, who scored 17 points and dished out 5 assists.
Texas Tech advances to the programs first ever Final Four as they beat Gonzaga 75-69. Jarrett Culver led the Red Raiders with 19, Matt Mooney had 17.— Jonathon Warriner (@Bracketologist3) March 31, 2019
Gonzaga star Rui Hachimura scored 22 points on 8-for-19 shooting and added 6 rebounds and a pair of steals. Junior forward Brandon Clarke added 18 points and 12 rebounds in the contest.
Texas Tech will await the winner of Duke and Michigan State's Elite 8 tilt on Sunday as they prepare for the program's first Final Four.
March, people! Such scenes.