Rui Hachimura scored 26 points and hit the game-winning jumper with 0.6 seconds left as No. 1 Gonzaga survived an upset bid from their in-state rival, Washington, 81-79 on Wednesday night.
Gonzaga held a 40-30 lead at the break, but the Huskies came storming out in the second half, using a 15-2 run to take the lead.
Jaylen Nowell led the way for Washington with 26 points and six assists.
For Gonzaga, Zach Norvell added 14 points, seven assists and six boards while Brandon Clarke chipped in with 10 points and 11 boards, eight of which came on the offensive end of the floor. While the Zags did have 21 assists on 27 made field goals, the second half was the first time that we could really see how much this team is missing Killian Tillie. His ability to be an initiator offensively and an outlet at the high post would have been a difference-maker against this Washington zone.
Luckily for the Zags, it didn’t matter.
Rui saved the day again.
If you recall, he also hit the game-winning shot against Duke in the Maui Invitational.