Southern's bid to become the sweetest sixteen fell a bit short on Thursday.
Despite tying the game with under four minutes to play, the 16th-seeded Jaguars couldn't pull off the upset as top-seeded Gonzaga prevailed 64-58 in a West regional game in Salt Lake City.
Late three-pointers from Gary Bell Jr. and Kevin Pangos saved Gonzaga from being the first No. 1 seed to be defeated by a No. 16 seed since the tournament was expanded to 64 teams in 1996. Top seeds now own a 113-0 all-time record against No. 16 seeds.
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Two No. 16 seeds have lost by only one point and both instances came in 1989 when Princeton lost to Georgetown (50-49) and East Tennessee State lost to Oklahoma (72-71). Southern's six-point loss was the smallest for a No. 16 seed since 1996.
Kelly Olynyk led Gonzaga with 21 points. Gonzaga will advance to Saturday's third round where they will face No. 9 Wichita State, which advanced earlier in the day with a win over Pittsburgh.
Southern, meanwhile, will head home knowing they gave Gonzaga the best they could.
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