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Gonzaga beats TCU in NCAA Tournament 2023: Live updates recap, highlights

By Gonzaga Nation Staff,


The Gonzaga Bulldogs advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the eighth consecutive year with an 84-81 win over TCU on Sunday night.

Drew Timme scored 28 points and Rasir Bolton added 17 for the third-seeded Bulldogs who trailed 38-33 at halftime.

Read our live updates recap and big-play highlights from Gonzaga's win over TCU:

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Final score: Gonzaga 84, TCU 81

Gonzaga advances to the Sweet 16 for the 8th consecutive season. Drew Timme was a beast with 28 points and 8 rebounds and Rasir Bolton had a massive second half, finishing with 17 points.

The Zags could not hit a shot in the first half - they were 2-for-14 from the 3-point line - but they responded in the second half with a 6-for-11 performance from the 3-point line.

Gonzaga 77, TCU 73 : TCU's JaKobe Coles hits a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left to cut Gonzaga's lead to four points. TCU takes their final timeout.

Gonzaga 70, TCU 64 : Drew Timme scores and gets fouled with 3:47 left to give Gonzaga a six-point lead. Timme will be shooting a free throw after the media timeout. Both of those teams look tired playing at 5,000+ feet.

Gonzaga 66, TCU 61 : Gonzaga guard Malachi Smith hits a transition 3-pointer and Gonzaga calls a timeout with 6:37 left in the game.

Gonzaga 63, TCU 55 : Anton Watson's steal and dunk gives the Bulldogs an eight-point lead with 8:41 left in the game.

TCU 55, Gonzaga 52 : The Horned Frogs lead by three with 11:57 left in the game. Gonzaga guard Rasir Bolton is going to the free throw line to shoot one shot after the media timeout. Mike Miles Jr. is heating up for TCU. He has 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting.

TCU 50, Gonzaga 48 : The Horned Frogs hold a two-point lead with 14:22 left in the game. Media timeout. TCU has four players with three fouls, including Chuck O'Bannon Jr. and Jakobe Coles.

Gonzaga 46, TCU 45 : The Zags take their first lead since 6-4 on a 3-pointer from Julian Strawther with 15:53 left in the second half.


HALFTIME: TCU 38, Gonzaga 33

Gonzaga shot just 2-for-14 from the 3-point line and 7-for-13 from the free throw line .. and the Bulldogs are only down by five.

Drew Timme leads Gonzaga with 11 points despite sitting for a significant chunk of the first half with two fouls.

Mike Miles Jr. leads TCU with 10 points. The Horned Frogs have only shot four 3-pointers but have done damage in transition and in the paint.

TCU 33, Gonzaga 26 : Final media timeout with 3:26 left in the first half. Gonzaga guard Rasir Bolton will be going to the free throw line to shoot two shots after the timeout. Three-point shooting is the story of the game so far: The Zags are now 2-for-13.

TCU 29, Gonzaga 24: Julian Strawther finally drills a 3-pointer and TCU takes a quick timeout with 5:36 to play in the first half. The Zags are now 2-for-11 from 3-point range. They will probably need to score 70+ points to win this game.

Nolan Hickman hurt : Hickman is down on the floor with 8:18 to play in the first half and TCU leading 23-15. He took an inadvertent elbow to the jaw from a TCU player. It appears he'll be ok to come back into the game.

2nd media timeout : TCU leads Gonzaga 17-11 with 11:17 left in the first half. The Zags cannot make an outside shot. They are 1-for-9 from 3-point range.

1st media timeout : TCU leads Gonzaga 9-6 with 15:16 left in the first half. Drew Timme has all 6 points for the Bulldogs. Chuck O'Bannon Jr. has 5 points for TCU. Gonzaga is 0-for-4 from 3-point range.


The Gonzaga vs. TCU game is now scheduled to tip off at 6:52 p.m. PT on TBS.

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