Live updates: No. 5 Gonzaga seeks payback against No. 25 Texas Tech for 2019 Final Four loss

Live updates: No. 5 Gonzaga seeks payback against No. 25 Texas Tech for 2019 Final Four loss

<p><h3></h3></p><p><h3></h3></p><p><h3>First half</h3></p><p><p><strong>6:45 – GU 23, TTech 13:</strong> Rasir Bolton makes a pair of 3-pointers to bring the Zags to 4 of 12 in the game and extends the Bulldogs’ lead to 10 at the U-8 media timeout. </p></p><p><p>Six different Bulldogs have points. Chet Holmgren’s impact has been felt on defense closing out shooters, and has grabbed six of GU’s 12 rebounds. </p></p><p><p><strong>11:00 – GU 15, TTech 10:</strong> Shooting struggles continue for the Red Raiders, now at 4 of 14 from the field. TTech is outrebounding GU 11-8, which is keeping it in the game.</p></p><p><p>Four scorers so far from the Zags led by Strawther’s six points. Timme, Nembhard and Holmgren each have three apiece.</p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><strong>14:53 – GU 10, TTech 6:</strong> Santos-Silva is called for offensive three seconds for the Red Raiders before the first media timeout.</p></p><p><p>TTech is struggling from the field to open the game, shooting 2 of 8, while the Zags are 4 of 9. All five of GU’s misses have come on 3-pointers – shooting 1 of 6 – which has become a talking point over the last week, as the Bulldogs have struggled to find their shooting stroke.</p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><strong>19:50 – GU 1, TTech 0:</strong> Timme gets inside and makes the first of two free throw attempts, as the second rattles out. Timme went into today’s game shooting 65.2% on free throws.</p></p><p><h3>Starting 5</h3></p><p><!–[photo id=759726]–></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><h3>Pregame</h3></p><p><p>Gonzaga players stood and watched as Texas Tech cut down the Final Four nets the last time these teams met in 2019.</p></p><p><p>The No. 5 Bulldogs (8-2) won’t have the satisfaction of a NCAA Tournament semifinal berth, but can add another Top-25 win to its resume against the No. 25 Red Raiders (8-1) today at 10 a.m. on CBS.</p></p><p><p>The game will be hosted in Phoenix, Arizona, as part of the Jerry Colangelo Classic.</p></p><p><p>The Zags had an eight day break after a 80-55 win over Merrimack due to its game against Washington being canceled as the Huskies dealt with COVID-19 concerns. GU has cooled off from its hot start the past five games, losing a closely to Duke in Las Vegas, looking sluggish against Tarleton State and falling to Alabama in Seattle.</p></p><p><p>Texas Tech has climbed into the AP Poll for the first time this season, after beating then-No.13 Tennessee 57-52 in overtime. The Red Raiders last beat Arkansas State 75-62 on Tuesday. Its other six wins have come against thwarted mid-majors with a combined 11-54 record.</p></p><p><p>Texas Tech’s lone loss was 72-68 at Providence on Dec. 7. </p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><!—-> </p></p><p><p><strong>Series history</strong></p></p><p><p>GU and Texas Tech have played three times, with the Red Raiders winning all three.</p></p><p><p>Most recently, the Zags fell 75-69 in the NCAA Tournament West Region Final, as Rui Hachimura’s 22 points and Brandon Clarke’s 18 point, 12 rebound performances weren’t enough to lift the Bulldogs into the semifinal. TTech went on to beat Michigan State 61-51, before losing to Virginia 85-77 in the championship.</p></p><p><p><!–[photoset id=7869]–></p></p><p><p>The Red Raiders also beat GU in the Round of 32 during the 2005 NCAA Tournament 71-69. Ronald Ross made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 7.5 seconds remaining to sink the 3rd-seeded Zags.</p></p><p><p><strong>Team stats</strong></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><p><strong>Individual leaders</strong></p></p><p><p><!—-></p></p><p><h3>Game preview</h3></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=986227]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=986228]–></p></p><p><h3>More on the Zags</h3></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=986186]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=986114]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=986023]–></p></p><p><p><!–[teaser id=986095]–></p></p>