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BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS - Imperial Arena - Nassau, Bahamas

No. 25 Texas A&M upsets No. 10 Gonzaga 62-61

1830 days ago
Associated Press

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Danuel House scored 19 points, and No. 25 Texas A&M edged No. 10 Gonzaga 62-61 on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

The Zags' Silas Melson missed a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer as time expired with House contesting the shot.

Tonny Trocha-Morelos added 14 points for the Aggies (6-0).

The game was tight throughout, with 12 ties and seven lead changes.

Gonzaga (3-1) led for much of the game but missed some key free throws down the stretch. After making six 3-pointers in the first half, the Zags connected on just three in the second.

Kyle Wiltjer led Gonzaga with 18 points. Josh Perkins added 15.

The Zags had to play without big man Domantas Sabonis for a large chunk of the second half after he picked up his fourth foul.

They were able to keep the Aggies in check until he returned with less than four minutes to play. But Sabonis was lost for good with 2:39 left when he fouled out.

Texas A&M went in front 61-60 on a pair of free throws by Alex Caruso. The Zags tied it back up a trip later when Przemek Karnowski got one of two on his trip to the line.

House was fouled with 1:05 to play and also connected on one of two for the final margin.

With the clock under a minute, the Aggies forced Gonzaga's Josh Perkins to turn it over on a bad pass. But Texas A&M lost a scramble out of bounds on its ensuing possession to set up Gonzaga's final shot.

After both teams earned opening-round wins in fast-paced games that were played in the 80s, each relied on its half-court sets for most of the game Thursday. As defense stiffened inside, outside shots flew at will.

The Aggies were the more active team defensively, and came away with five steals and 11 points off Gonzaga's turnovers.


Both teams had 20 points in the paint. ... Texas A&M had a 13-7 advantage in bench scoring.


Gonzaga plays the loser of the UConn-Syracuse matchup in the third-place game Friday.

Texas A&M plays the winner in the championship game.