Yahoo Sports' Krysten Peek recaps the Bulldogs' win over the Tigers, including clutch performances from Drew Timme and Andrew Nembhard.
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KRYSTEN PEEK: Two of the top NBA draft prospects squared off in the round of 32. And it was one of the best games of the year. Centers Chet Holgren and Jalen Duran did not disappoint. It was the number one overall seed Gonzaga that survived an advance against number nine Memphis, 82-78.
Every NBA scout was tuned in to see the match-up in the post as well as next year's potential lottery pick Emoni Bates and the rest of the elite talent on the court. From the start of the game, there was incredible pace. And it took Gonzaga an entire half to adjust to the athleticism of the Memphis Tigers, as they led by 10 halfway through the game.
Drew Timme came out strong in the second half. And it was him in point guard Andrew Nembhard who were the clear leaders of the Gonzaga run to get back into the game. Memphis got into foul trouble with Jalen Duren and DeAndre Williams committing 4 fouls with 10 minutes left, forcing them to the bench.
It freed up space inside for Gonzaga's Drew Tinne and Chet Holgren. And they combined for 16 points in five minutes. The Tigers trailed by 2 with 30 seconds left. And it was a pair of free throws from Andrew Nembhard that secured the win. Drew Timme finished the night with 25 points and 14 rebounds. And Nembhard added 23 points and 5 assists.
Gonzaga advances to the Sweet 16 for the seventh consecutive time and will face number four Arkansas in the next round. And for continual coverage on the NCAA tournament, keep it right here on Yahoo Sports.