NCAA March Madness: Syracuse storms back to beat Gonzaga

After what would have been a controversial out of bounds call that allowed Gonzaga to keep the ball and set up for a last shot, Tyler Lydon made a big block for Syracuse and then a couple of free throws sealed the Orange `s 63-60 victory on Friday.

Orange seal win after controversial call

Gonzaga's Josh Perkins walks off the court as Syracuse players celebrate their victory in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast/The Associated Press)

Here's what's happened in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament on Friday:

(10) Syracuse 63, (11) Gonzaga 60

Michael Gbinije made a go-ahead layup with 22 seconds left, sending Syracuse to a 63-60 victory over Gonzaga on Friday night and a spot in the Elite Eight.

Tyler Lydon sealed the win with a block on Josh Perkins' runner in the final seconds. Lydon then grabbed the ball and made two foul shots before Domantas Sabonis' desperate fling was well off at the buzzer.

Gbinije scored 20 points and Trevor Cooney had 15 as Syracuse (22-13) advanced to the regional final for the first time since 2013. The 10th-seeded Orange will face No. 1 Virginia on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four.

Kyle Wiltjer had 23 points for No. 11 Gonzaga (28-8), and Sabonis finished with 19 points and 17 rebounds. The rest of the Bulldogs accounted for just 18 points.

Wiltjer, a Portland, Ore., native, plays internationally for Canada. Wiltjer's father, Greg, played basketball for the Canadians at the 1984 Olympics.

Gonzaga looked as if it was heading to the final eight for the second straight season before Syracuse switched to full-court pressure late in the second half. The Bulldogs held the Orange to 36.1 per cent shooting, but committed 17 turnovers and Syracuse took advantage down the stretch.

Sabonis' rebound basket gave the Bulldogs a 57-48 lead with 6:24 to play, but it was their last field goal of the night. Tyler Roberson's foul shot got Syracuse within one before Gonzaga gave it right back with a 10-second violation. Lydon also had a key block on Sabonis to help keep it a one-point game.

Gbinije drove inside in the final 30 seconds and missed his first attempt before grabbing the rebound and putting it in for a 61-60 lead. Cooney then had a hustle steal on the other end, but stepped out of bounds in a close call that had fans looking for TV monitors all over the arena to see if they agreed.

With the crowd standing on its feet, Perkins drove into the lane and Lydon stepped up for the block before grabbing the ball and getting fouled with 1.6 second left. The freshman forward finished with six blocks.

(1) North Carolina 101, (5) Indiana 86

Marcus Paige scored 21 points and North Carolina continued its offensive prowess, moving to the Elite Eight for the 20th time since 1975 with a 101-86 victory over Indiana on Friday night in the East Regional.

The top-seeded Tar Heels (31-6) will meet sixth-seeded Notre Dame on Sunday, determining one of two guaranteed Atlantic Coast Conference spots in the Final Four. The Fighting Irish beat Wisconsin 61-56 on Friday.

(1) Virginia 84, (4) Iowa State 71

Virginia is going to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1995.

Anthony Gill had 23 points and eight rebounds, leading the top-seeded Cavaliers over Iowa State in the Midwest Regional semifinals. Mike Tobey added 18 points and seven boards.

Virginia hasn't made it to the Final Four since 1984.

(6) Notre Dame 61, (7) Wisconsin 56

Demetrius Jackson stripped the ball and scored the go-ahead layup with 14.7 seconds left and Notre Dame advanced to the brink of its first Final Four in 38 years with a win over Wisconsin in the East Region semifinal.

Jackson sealed the win with a pair of free throws to send the Irish into a regional final for the second straight season.

Vitto Brown's 3-pointer with 26 seconds left put the Badgers up 56-53, but the Irish shook off a miserable shooting game down the stretch and have their first Final Four since 1978 in sight.​


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