​​Texas Tech and ​Gonzaga were the final two teams standing from the ​NCAA Tournament's West Region, and the two sides met on Saturday in hopes of clinching a berth in the Final Four. 


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. 

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. 

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.