Over 5 years, Perkins has accomplished so much at Gonzaga. However, “bonehead play” was the self description in his final game that he will always regret.
Last Saturday, Gonzaga who is top-seeded, came a short of Final Four up losing 75-69 to Texas Tech in final of West Regional. The mistake of Perkins in waning seconds sealed it for third-seeded Red Raiders.
Zach Norvell’s layup got Gonzaga with 11 seconds left within 71-69. Although, Bulldogs applied pressure on inbound pass but he reached end line over besides making contact with Matt Mooney while throwing ball.
“He was ball faking a lot and I thought he ball faked in front of me and instinctively reached in. Bonehead play. Something I will think about forever. Unfortunately that happened”
Davide Moretti made Texas Tech maintained possession besides free throws. While Jarrett Culver made a pair of free throws out of reach.
Despite the fact that Bulldogs were down 69-62 with 55 seconds left, two Red Raiders were forced to turnovers on possessions to get within 69-67.
Perkins made his fourth 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining – scored 16 points besides six assists in 38 minutes – to bring Gonzaga within a basket.
Kispert & Norvell said game did not come down to technical of Perkins. Norvell didn’t deny it did end up being game’s biggest play.
“He was just being aggressive and there’s no fault there for that. I came here to play with a guy that’s like Josh, really, to play with a point guard that I knew we would have a connection that he is deeper than I’ve ever had before with a teammate, playing on the court with him is basically something I’ve dreamed about”