(1090 The Fan) — Gonzaga lost its second game in a row, this one a 69-66 heartbreaker to San Diego that had the Toreros’ fans storming the court afterwards.
Duda Sanadze had 15 points including three clutch free throws with 2.9 seconds remaining that wound up being the separation in the score. For San Diego (16-14, 7-10), it was the first win over No. 25 Gonzaga since 2009.
Gonzaga (23-6, 13-3) lost its second consecutive conference game (a rarity for the program) despite 18 points and 15 rebounds from Sam Dower Jr. The loss kept the Zags from clinching the outright WCC title.
It was left to a desperation David Stockton heave at the buzzer to tie the game after the team trailed the entire second half.
San Diego surged to a 49-38 lead a mere four minutes into the second half after it went into the break ahead 36-34. The subsequent 13-4 run was propelled by a couple of 3-pointers, one from Sanadze and another by Christopher Anderson.
Gonzaga fought back, though, almost immediately after taking a timeout. A Przemek Karnowski field goal brought the Zags to within five points at 56-51 with 11:21 remaining. After a couple more stops on defense, Karnowski made one of two free throws to narrow the deficit to three points, 56-53, with just over seven minutes remaining. Karnowski finished with 17 points to help lead the Zags.
The Toreros returned the favor with two consecutive baskets to extend their lead back out to seven points and controlled the lead the rest of the way.
Despite shooting 50 percent from the field, 10 percent better than San Diego for the game, and 46 percent from three (6-for-13), the Zags lost because of the disparity from the free-throw line and 13 turnovers.
Gonzaga shot just 11 free throws, while San Diego went 23-for-33 from the charity stripe.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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