For most of the 40 minutes of tonight’s fantastic West Regional, Texas Tech’s defense was the story. In the game’s waning moments, a few strange moments, including one brutal late foul on Josh Perkins.
With Texas Tech up 71-69, and 12 seconds remaining in the game, Perkins was whistled for a technical foul. He made contact with Texas Tech’s Matt Mooney, who was trying to inbound the ball under the basket, drawing the call.
That gave Red Raiders guard Davide Moretti two free throws, and TTU possession, helping seal the win. Chris Beard’s wound up with a 75-69 victory to advance to a program first Final Four.
Josh Perkins discussed the play after the game, and it is hard not to feel for the Gonzaga star.
During the post-game press conference, he said that the foul is something he’ll “think about forever.”
“Instinctively I reached at it. Bonehead play. Something I’ll think about forever.”
Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins explains his technical foul on the Texas Tech inbounds play. pic.twitter.com/6XiilBI5ZV
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It was a tough way to cap an otherwise solid performance for the senior guard. He had 16 points and six assists, knocking down half of his shots from the field, and four of nine three pointers.
Texas Tech, the three-seed, advances to Minneapolis. The Red Raiders will face the winner of tomorrow’s No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Michigan State East Regional winner.