March Madness 2019: Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins takes blame for loss to Texas Tech | NCAA Basketball

Gonzaga level guard Josh Perkins shouldered the blame after making a expensive mistake within the closing seconds of his staff’s 75-69 Elite Eight loss to Texas Tech on Saturday. 

The Bulldogs have been down by two when Perkins reached out of bounds and fouled Matt Mooney, knocking the ball out of his hand whereas the Texas Tech guard tried to inbound it. The sequence resulted in a technical that allowed the Purple Raiders to safe the victory on the free-throw line. 

When requested concerning the collection after the sport, Perkins known as it a “bonehead play” and stated it is one thing he’ll take into consideration endlessly. 

“The entire time, we have been saying ‘imagine’ within the huddle and we thought it doesn’t matter what we have been going to win the sport, however the violation form of put issues to a halt,” Perkins informed reporters, via Yahoo Sports. “It is onerous for me to not really feel like that is all on me. To be sincere, that is all I am fascinated with proper now.”

His teammate Zach Norvell got here to the protection of Perkins, nonetheless, and stated it wasn’t truthful to put the blame solely on that play.

“It wasn’t simply that play. There have been performs all through the entire sport that we want we might have accomplished otherwise,” Norvell stated. “I do not wish to take this jersey off as a result of as soon as I do, I am going to by no means get to place it again on. It sucks we misplaced the sport, however it hurts much more feeling such as you let the individuals you like down.”

Regardless of the error, Perkins performed a giant position for the Bulldogs as he scored 16 factors with 4 3-pointers and six assists. He dedicated solely two turnovers.

“He is a way more mature participant, a a lot better participant now and we have been an unimaginable program and had an unimaginable run with him on the helm,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few stated.

“He is been form of a lightning rod through the years as a result of our program garners a lot consideration and he is dealt with it with grace. For those who went and requested these guys within the room they’d arms down say he’s the very best teammate they ever had.”

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