Jalen Suggs will likely play only one year of college basketball, but his game-winning shot in Saturday night's Final Four semifinal between Gonzaga and UCLA ensured he will have a place in NCAA Tournament lore for many years to come.
In a game that was far more competitive than expected, UCLA forced overtime with Gonzaga, then nearly sent the game to a second overtime tied the game at 90-90 with 3.3 seconds left in overtime. But then Suggs – a projected top-five overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft who was also offered by Ohio State football as a quarterback – made what will now go down as one of the most iconic shots in NCAA Tournament history when he banked in a shot from just inside midcourt as time expired to propel Gonzaga to a 93-90 win.
WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED.— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) April 4, 2021
GONZAGA STAYS UNDEFEATED AT THE BUZZER! pic.twitter.com/27I8a2A9DA
Evan Turner, who made one of the most iconic shots in Ohio State history with a halfcourt buzzer-beater of his own in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament against Michigan, chimed in on Twitter:
I saw that coming— Evan Turner (@thekidet) April 4, 2021
Gonzaga will now play Baylor, who routed Houston 78-59 in Saturday night's first semifinal, in a battle of this year's top two teams in college basketball at 9:20 p.m. Monday night.