SALT LAKE CITY -- Was this the day a No. 16-seeded team finally defeated a No. 1 in the NCAA tournament?
No, but the final word on it was "whew."
Top-ranked Gonzaga had to dig deep and hold on tight until the end to defeat Southern University, 64-58, at EnergySolutions Arena.
Gonzaga, the No. 1 team in the nation and the top-seeded team in the West Regional, earned a Saturday match against Wichita State. The winner of that game advances to next week's regional finals at Staples Center.
A three-pointer by Greg Bell Jr. with 3:18 left broke a 56-all tie to help lift Gonzaga to the win. Southern cut the lead to one on two Derick Beltran free throws but Kevin Pangos responded with a three-pointer with 1:53 left give the Bulldogs a four-point lead.