2001 NCAA Men's Tourney

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Gonzaga 86, Virginia 85
Posted: Friday March 16, 2001 10:25 PM
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MEMPHIS, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Gonzaga is at it again.

Dan Dickau scored 29 points and Casey Calvary's basket with nine seconds left put the 12th-seeded Bulldogs ahead to stay in an 86-85 victory over fifth-seed Virginia in an NCAA Tournament opening-round game in the South Region.

No longer an unknown, Gonzaga (25-6) moved to within one victory of its third straight trip to the "Sweet 16." The champions of the West Coast Conference will face Indiana State on Sunday at The Pyramid.

"It wasn't an upset in my mind. It's a feather in our cap because we beat a great basketball team tonight," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "We've proven we're a very good basketball team." The Cavaliers took an 85-84 lead when Roger Mason Jr. sank a 3-pointer with 19 seconds remaining.

The Bulldogs put the ball into the hands of Dickau, whose driving layup was blocked by Adam Hall. But the ball went right to Calvary, who easily converted the short layup.

Virginia still had one more chance and chose to without a timeout. A driving layup by Mason bounced off the rim, giving the Bulldogs yet another thrilling March win.

"I thought with the open court we would have a better chance with Roger going to the basket," Virginia coach Pete Gillen said. "He got a good drive." The Bulldogs shocked the college basketball establishment in 1999, when they reached the West Region final before falling in a close game to eventual national champion Connecticut. Last year they surprised everyone with two victories, including an upset of second-seeded St. John's.

"Either team could have won this game," Few said.

Mason scored 30 points for the Cavaliers (20-9), who were appearing in their first NCAA Tournament under third-year coach Pete Gillen. Virginia closed the season with three straight defeats.

Calvary had 16 points and 15 rebounds, Alex Hernandez had 15 points off the bench an Zach Gourde added 12 points for Gonzaga.

Gonzaga appeared to be in control midway through the second half, taking a 66-53 lead on a dunk by Calvary. But the Cavaliers slowly chipped away at the lead, moving to within three at 78-75 on a layup by Mason with 4:37 left.

Gourde's dunk increased the lead to 82-77, but Mason cut it to two with a 3-pointer with 3:28 left.

Calvary's layup gave Gonzaga a four-point coushion before Mason put the Cavaliers in front with two free throws and a 3-pointer.

Dickau scored 21 of his points in the first half, making four of five shots from 3-point range, to help the Bulldogs to a 48-42 lead at intermission.


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