Gonzaga, like many of the top seeds this week came out very sluggish... and then they turned it on...
To start, like I said in my preview that Gonzaga can't guard the perimeter shooting. Gonzaga proved me right.. All they did all day was let Akron shoot the three, and they kept draining them. As the game progressed, Austin Daye and Josh Heytvelt both had dunks to light the crowd up to get them back in the game, as the crowd was pro Zaga...
Akron proved me wrong and played with nothing to lose and had the will to win as they were up by 4 at the half. With about 10 minutes left in the game I felt like we were too much for the Zips, Stephen Gray took a 3 down 49-47 and that three was good and they went on to control the game from there to take the lead 50-47.
What was wierd was what came later, a 31-6 run to end the ball game. Akron just ran out of gas, as Gonzaga started to click on all cylinders. You can't lay down on Gonzaga if you expect to win a basketball game. This game was done and over with with about 2:30 to go. Akron just couldn't hang with the Zags at the end. And a Micah Downs three, and then a Jeremy Pargo MONSTER JAM capped the game for a Gonzaga victory 77-64.
I give them credit, they played the best they could, but the better team came out on top.
Congrats Zips! You gave us all we could handle.
BTW, here are the game highlights:
Gonzaga will play #12 seeded Western Kentucky tomorrow.