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#1 Gonzaga Survives Close Call

A March Madness warm-up turned into a great escape for Gonzaga.

NCAA Basketball Tournament
Gonzaga pulls out a win over Southern University. (Kelly Olynyk, Getty Images)

The Zags got pushed to the limit by Southern on Thursday, pulling out a 64-58 victory in the closing minutes to avoid becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 in the NCAA tournament.

Kelly Olynyk led the Zags (32-2) with 21 points. They play No. 9 Wichita State on Saturday.

But it was a pair of 3-pointers — one by Gary Bell Jr., the next by Kevin Pangos — that staked the Bulldogs to a 62-58 lead only moments after the game was tied at 56 with 3:45 left.

Derick Beltran had 21 points to lead Southern (23-10) and his 14-foot baseline jumper tied it at 56. But the Jaguars from the Southwestern Athletic Conference didn’t make another field goal.

No. 1 seeds are now 113-0 against 16s.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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