PORTLAND, Ore., Sporting Alert – Rui Hachimura scored 20 points off the bench and No. 17 Gonzaga beat Texas 76-71 in overtime in the third-place game of the Motion Bracket at the PK80 Invitational after blowing a 21-point second half lead on Sunday.
“Forty-four of the minutes was pretty good. I’m going to choose to focus on that,” Bulldogs head coach Mark Few said.
Hachimura, who shot 7 of 14 from the field also grabbed nine rebounds, as the Bulldogs (5-1) bounced back from the double-overtime defeat to No. 7 Florida in the semi-finals on Friday.
“That’s the Rui I know, a confident guy, funny on the court,” junior guard Josh Perkins said.
Perkins connected on five 3-pointers on his way to scoring 16 points with six assists, while Killian Tillie and Johnathan Williams scored 10 points each in the win for Gonzaga, which shot 46 percent from the floor and made 11 3-pointers.
“We feel like we should have went 3-0 in this thing, but we also think we represented ourselves great,” Few said.
“We competed at the highest level. I walk out of here knowing we can play with anybody in the country now and we did not know that coming in.”
TEXAS LOSES TWO STRAIGHT
Matt Coleman scored 19 points to lead Texas, while Andrew Jones added 18, including the 3-pointer that forced overtime.
Dylan Osetkowski ended with 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Longhorns (4-2), who have dropped two straight after winning four in a row to start the season.
“I think there were really four parts to that game that were really unique to each other. I think two were really good and two of them were not,” Texas coach Shaka Smart said.
Mohamed Bamba collected game-highs with 10 rebounds and five blocks, as well as scoring nine points in the defeat for Texas, which trailed 42-28 at halftime before outscoring Gonzaga 39-25 in the second half to send the game into overtime at 67-67.
Gonzaga will next play host to Incarnate Word on Wednesday.
Texas also returns to action on Wednesday when when it entertains Florida A&M.