Jalen Suggs' long buzzer beater in overtime caps UCLA-Gonzaga instant classic

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs punched their ticket to the NCAA championship game on Saturday night by defeating No. 11 UCLA on a long three-point buzzer-beater by super freshman Jalen Suggs as time expired in overtime.

Suggs released his bank shot a few strides inside the half-court line in the final seconds of the first overtime period. UCLA had just tied the score at 87 on a missed shot and tip-in by Johnny Juzang, who paced the Bruins with 29 points.

With the tense, back-and-forth game seemingly headed for a second bonus period, Suggs calmly took an inbounds pass, hurriedly jogged across half court, and unleashed his fateful shot with only minimal resistance from an outstretched Bruins defender, who was trying not to foul.

Suggs appeared to know his shot was going in, and began streaking off the court to celebrate before it actually came down.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few after the game said Suggs' heave might have seemed lucky to casual fans, but in fact he practices it regularly.

The Bulldogs improved to 31-0 with the win, which was hailed by fans on social media and CBS Sports' panel of analysts as an instant classic. LeBron James in a tweet said the game was "one of the best" he's seen.

Gonzaga will face Baylor in the championship game on Monday, after the Bears pummeled the Houston Cougars earlier on Saturday.

Suggs is a surefire lottery pick and potential No. 1 overall selection should he declare eligible for the NBA Draft.

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