No. 11 seedXavier ended the game on a 9-0 run to knock off No. 2 Arizona, 73-71, in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the right to play Gonzaga in the Elite Eight on Saturday. It's Xavier'sfirst trip to the Elite Eight since 2008.
The Musketeers trailed Arizona by eight with threeminutes to go, butSean O’Mara'sinside bucket with 40 seconds left completed a spirited comeback and gaveXavier the lead for good. Xavier heldArizona scoreless over the final 2:50 of the game.
Arizona'sAllonzo Trier had a chance to tie it for the Wildcats in the closing seconds, but his3-pointer was off the mark andXavier dribbled out the clock from there.
Trevon Bluiett led Xavierwith 25 points.Trier led Arizona with 19 points.