Xavier stuns Arizona with late surge, advances to Elite Eight
Xavier used a late burst Thursday to surprise second-seeded Arizona, 73-71, in San Jose and advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament.
The 11th-seeded Musketeers fell behind the Wildcats by eight points late in the second half but went on a 12-2 run, including the game’s final nine points, to earn a date Saturday against top-seeded Gonzaga in the West.
With the score tied at 71, Sean O’Mara took a pass in the paint from Trevon Bluiett and hit a layup with 44 seconds remaining. Those proved to be the final points of the game.
Xavier becomes the seventh 11-seed to reach the Elite Eight round, with three of those schools moving on to the Final Four.
The Muskeeters have downed three top six seeds during this March run.
What a Cinderella story for Xavier. pic.twitter.com/sfK6AsjD8u
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 24, 2017