Gonzaga eliminates Ohio State in second round of NCAA tournament 90-84

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BOISE, ID – MARCH 17: Head coach Chris Holtmann of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts during the first half against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 17, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Zach Norvell Jr. helped Gonzaga stay in touch, then pull away from Ohio State for a 90-84 victory that puts the Bulldogs two wins away from a repeat trip to the Final Four.

Norvell made a 3-pointer to trim Ohio State’s biggest lead of five down to two with 6:56 left. He then had an assist, a 3-pointer and two free throws as part of a 16-2 run that put the Zags ahead by nine with less than two minutes left.

The redshirt freshman, who made the go-ahead 3 late in Gonzaga’s win over UNC Greensboro on Thursday, finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds, both career bests.

The fourth-seeded Bulldogs are in the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight year. They’ll play Xavier or Florida State next Thursday in the West Region semifinals in Los Angeles.

Keita Bates-Diop led Ohio State with 28 points.

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