Zags Upset Tar Heels, Advance to Championship
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Unranked Gonzaga has a lot of talent left in its program despite the loss of All-America forward Adam Morrison after his junior season to the NBA. Derek Raivio scored 21 points to help the Bulldogs from Spokane upset No. 2 North Carolina 82 to 74 tonight in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Gonzaga didn't seem fazed playing against a top program on a big stage, improving its start to 5 and 0 this season. The Zags advanced to the championship game Friday night against Butler. In the first semifinal, Butler earned a 56 to 44 victory over No. 22 Tennessee. Trailing 65 to 50 with 11:52 left in the Gonzaga-North Carolina game, the Tar Heels used an 18 to 5 run to get to 70 to 68 on Tyler Hansbrough's putback dunk with 4:16 left. But Gonzaga didn't fold. Jeremy Pargo scored a basket and was fouled to push the lead back to five. North Carolina could get no closer than four points the rest of the way. Josh Heytvelt added 19 points and eight rebounds for Gonzaga, while Pargo had 16 points. The Bulldogs handed the Tar Heels their first loss of the season in four starts and held Hansbrough, a preseason All-America, to just nine points on 2-of-5 shooting. North Carolina shot just 31 percent in the second half. The game was the first meeting between North Carolina and Gonzaga.