2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament: Wichita State Shockers Rally to Upset Top-Seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs

Mar 23, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Wichita State Shockers guard Ron Baker (31) and Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Elias Harris (20) go after a loose ball in the first half of the game during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

 

Looking to stay true to their name, Wichita State was looking to shock the world by knocking out the #1 seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs. They jumped all over the Zags early, building an early 26-13 lead and were leading 34-26 with 2:17 left in the first-half, when Gonzaga went on a 23-7 run into the second-half to take control of the game.

From there, the Zags would control the game by pounding the Shockers on the offensive boards and took a 61-54 lead with 5:32 remaining. The Shockers would then make a furious rally behind a 8-0 run to take a 62-61 lead with 3:28 left. From there, both teams would trade leads until WS guard Ron Baker scored 4-straight points to give the Shockers a 67-63 lead with 2:20 left.

After Gonzaga center Kevin Olynk hit a mid-range jumper to cut the lead to 2, WS Fred Vanvleet hit a depp 3-pointer with the shot-clock expiring to give the Shockers a 70-65 lead with under a minute remaining.

From there, the Shockers would hit their free throws as they held on to Shock top-seeded Gonzaga, 76-70. They’ll now play tomorrow’s winner of the La Salle/Ole Miss matchup.

 

BOX SCORE

 

Wichita State Shockers
FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Malcolm Armstead, G 2-9 1-5 3-4 0 5 3 2 0 3 1 8
Tekele Cotton, G 3-5 2-3 0-0 1 3 2 2 0 0 2 8
Carl Hall, F 3-6 0-0 2-6 1 1 2 1 3 3 3 8
Ehimen Orukpe, C 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 2
Demetric Williams, G 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Ron Baker, G 5-7 4-6 2-2 3 6 4 1 0 1 2 16
Cleanthony Early, F 6-11 4-6 0-0 2 7 1 1 2 2 4 16
Fred Vanvleet, NA 3-6 2-4 5-5 0 1 3 1 0 0 1 13
Jake White, F 2-3 1-1 0-0 1 3 0 0 0 2 4 5
Chadrack Lufile, F 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
25-50 14-26 12-18 9 27 16 8 6 14 22 76
50.0% 53.8% 66.7%
Gonzaga Bulldogs
FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Kelly Olynyk, F 8-22 0-3 10-14 6 9 2 1 1 4 1 26
Kevin Pangos, G 6-16 4-11 3-5 0 0 5 2 0 4 4 19
Elias Harris, F 2-8 1-2 7-8 4 7 1 3 0 3 3 12
Mike Hart, G 2-3 2-2 0-0 7 14 1 0 0 0 4 6
Gary Bell, Jr., G 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0
FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
David Stockton, G 2-2 0-0 0-0 2 2 3 0 0 0 0 4
Drew Barham, G 1-3 1-2 0-2 1 1 0 1 0 0 2 3
Kyle Dranginis, G 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
Sam Dower, F-C 0-2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
21-58 8-22 20-29 20 36 13 7 2 13 17 70
36.2% 36.4% 69.0%

 

 

Topics: 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Wichita State

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