GLENDALE, Ariz. — Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss turned the corner and dribbled into traffic, waited for three South Carolina defenders to converge on him in the paint and then lobbed a little hook toward the rim despite Justin McKie smacking him on the left arm.
When the ball went in with 10:55 remaining Saturday, Williams-Goss flexed and pointed to his biceps. But it took the Zags nearly nearly falling apart to prove how strong they truly are.
Despite an out-of-nowhere, 16-0 South Carolina run that threatened to evict Gonzaga from the Final Four after they rolled through the first 30 minutes of the national semifinals, the Bulldogs are moving on to Monday night’s championship game after a 77-73 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Though Gonzaga got 23 points from Williams-Goss, who was brilliant making 9-of-16 field goals, its inside presence carried made the biggest difference in the most tense moments of the semifinals.