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No. 1 Gonzaga edges No. 16 Southern

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  • Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk (13) shoots as Southern University's Derick Beltran (2) defends in the first half during a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Salt Lake City, Thursday, March 21, 2013.

      Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk (13) shoots as Southern University's Derick Beltran (2) defends in the first half during a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Salt Lake City, Thursday, March 21, 2013.
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SALT LAKE CITY -- A March Madness warm-up turned into a great escape for Gonzaga.

The Zags got pushed to the limit by Southern on Thursday, pulling out a 64-58 victory in the closing minutes to avoid becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 in the NCAA tournament.

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Kelly Olynyk led the Zags (32-2) with 21 points. They play No. 9 Wichita State on Saturday.

But it was a pair of 3-pointers -- one by Gary Bell Jr., the next by Kevin Pagnos -- that staked the Bulldogs to a 62-58 lead only moments after the game was tied at 56 with 3:45 left.

Derick Beltran had 21 points to lead Southern (23-10) and his 14-foot baseline jumper tied it at 56. But the Jaguars from the Southwestern Athletic Conference didn't make another field goal.

No. 1 seeds are now 113-0 against 16s.

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