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MARK MADNESS: 2020 NCAA TOURNAMENT

Gonzaga claims MARK MADNESS with OT win over Creighton

Gonzaga celebrates victory. (Gonzaga athletics photo)

ASHLAND, Ky. – It was an exciting finish to MARK MADNESS, the 2020 NCAA tournament played with a computer game. It had everybody on the edge of their keyboard.

Gonzaga came away as the champions with a pulsating 100-94 overtime victory over Creighton. Filip Petrusev, who scored 23, was named the MVP.

Creighton tied the game at the end of regulation with a 3-pointer at the buzzer but were outscored 13-7 in the extra period. The Zags never trailed in the overtime period.

In the national semifinals, Creighton defeated Illinois 86-80 and Gonzaga downed Auburn 91-77.

FINAL FOUR

Semifinals

Creighton 86, Illinois 80

Gonzaga 91, Auburn 77

Championship

Gonzaga 100, Creighton 94, OT

By Mark Maynard

Managing editor of Kentucky Today, the digital newspaper of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, since July 2017. Worked 42 years for The Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky, the last 12 as managing editor and editor and the previous 30 before that in the sports department, including 17 years as sports editor. I have been in the business since 1975 with more than 75 writing awards from the Kentucky Press Association. I have also have written eight books, used to run fast but now look more like I have a piano on my back. President of Amy For Africa, a faith-based Christian ministry serving Uganda. I'm a husband to Beth and father to Stephen and Sally, grandfather to Brooks and human to Opie!

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