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Gonzaga Ousted from NCAA Tournament

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Kelly Olynyk's 26 points and nine rebounds were not enough to carry Gonzaga into the Sweet 16. Kelly Olynyk's 26 points and nine rebounds were not enough to carry Gonzaga into the Sweet 16.

Gonzaga was looking to add to its storied season with a deep tournament run.

Instead, the Bulldogs are going home early.

A day removed from a close call against 16-seed Southern, Gonzaga lost a late lead and dropped a round of 32 game to Wichita State, 76-70, as the Shockers advanced to the Sweet 16.

Wichita State -- down eight points at one time in the second half -- took a four-point lead on a Ron Baker 3-pointer with 2:55 left. On the ensuing possession, Kelly Olynyk hit an elbow jumper to bring the Bulldogs to 67-65.

With the shot clock running down and Wichita State clinging to a two-point lead, Fred Vanvleet hit a deep 3-ball with 1:32 remaining to extend the advantage to 72-67.

From there, it was a game of free throws, and the Shockers made just enough to get the win.

After a slow start, the second half was all Gonzaga early, as it built an eight-point lead. The Bulldogs threatened to pull away on several occasions, but the Shockers matched Gonzaga shot-for-shot to stay in the contest.

Gonzaga endured a seven-minute first-half scoreless stretch that Wichita State took advantage of with a 16-4 run to take a 26-14 lead. The Bulldogs fought back at the end of the half and trailed 36-31 heading into intermission.

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