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No. 1 Gonzaga Comes Alive Late to Race Past Georgia St 93-72

Players on the Gonzaga bench cheer for Gonzaga forward Drew Timme, left, during the second half of a first round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Georgia State, Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
Players on the Gonzaga bench cheer for Gonzaga forward Drew Timme, left, during the second half of a first round NCAA college basketball tournament game against Georgia State, Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
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Portland, Ore. (AP) -- Gonzaga coach Mark Few has seen plenty of No. 16 seeds in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. When he watched video of Georgia State, the longtime Bulldogs' coach didn't see a team that fit that profile.

Few turned to be correct. Gonzaga spent 30 minutes struggling to create any separation against the 16th-seeded Panthers before pulling away late for a 93-72 win on Thursday.