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SportRui Hachimura Hit The Game-Winner For Gonzaga And Is On His Way To Being A Household Name

18:20  06 december  2018
18:20  06 december  2018 Source:   deadspin.com

Hachimura's shot lifts No. 1 Gonzaga over Washington 81-79

Hachimura's shot lifts No. 1 Gonzaga over Washington 81-79 Rui Hachimura's short jumper with half a second left lifted top-ranked Gonzaga to an 81-79 win over in-state rival Washington. Hachimura had 26 points for Gonzaga, which improved to 9-0 and has won 12 of its past 13 games against the Huskies. Washington missed a halfcourt shot as the final buzzer sounded. Jaylen Nowell scored 26 for Washington (6-3), which was in the preseason Top 25 before losing at No. 8 Auburn. Washington's zone defense slowed down the high-scoring Bulldogs. They were held well below their season average of 98 points per game, which ranked second in the nation.

Rui Hachimura (八村 塁 Hachimura Rui , born February 8, 1998) is a Japanese basketball player for the Gonzaga Bulldogs of the West Coast Conference (WCC) and the Japanese national team.

Rui Hachimura is crossing barriers on his way to his comfort zone. play. Few says Gonzaga will He had hit just 8 of 39 from beyond the arc before that . Hachimura helped boost a Gonzaga lead This year Hachimura is averaging nearly five boards a game and is getting inside the paint and to

Rui Hachimura Hit The Game-Winner For Gonzaga And Is On His Way To Being A Household Name© Photo: William Mancebo (Getty) So...Gonzaga’s good. And you can say that without any qualifier, either: They’re not some scrappy upstarts, or even a particularly surprising national No. 1. They’re undefeated, and have come by their ranking honestly. And they feature one of the best players in the nation, Rui Hachimura. All of those statements were tested Wednesday night, and all of them came out the other side even truer.

Hachimura had 26 points in Gonzaga’s 81-79 home win over Washington, none bigger than a calm, collected jumper from the elbow with 0.6 seconds left.

Washington would miss a halfcourt heave the other way, and the Bulldogs are 9-0.

Hachimura is a 6-8 junior forward from Toyama, Japan, born to a Beninese father and a Japanese mother, and this year he’s finally getting a chance to show off as a focal point of the Gonzaga offense. He’s averaging better than 22 a game now, to go along with 6.2 boards. His well-rounded coming-out performance in the Zags’ win over Duke last month was no fluke; he can do a little bit of everything.

Gonzaga is not accidentally the No. 1 team in the country, and Hachimura is not accidentally projected as a lottery pick in June’s NBA draft, and neither of those two statements are independent of each other.

Schofield's 3 lifts No. 7 Tennessee over No. 1 Gonzaga 76-73

Schofield's 3 lifts No. 7 Tennessee over No. 1 Gonzaga 76-73 Schofield's 3 lifts No. 7 Tennessee over No. 1 Gonzaga 76-73

The way the game is trending these days, some of these players are just as likely to be long-term centers as they small forwards. Barrett has aced every test he’s faced on his way to Duke. His crowning achievement was 7. Rui Hachimura , F, Gonzaga . Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.

Rui Hachimura goes up for a dunk during Gonzaga 's 90-84 win over Ohio State University in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March But even if he is on his way to making history, by possibly becoming the first-ever Japanese player to be taken in the first round of the NBA Draft, his

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Rui Hachimura Hit The Game-Winner For Gonzaga And Is On His Way To Being A Household Name

How Gonzaga upset Duke in the Maui Invitational final.
The ‘Zags ended Duke’s unbeaten season in Maui. There was talk that Duke could go undefeated heading into the Maui Invitational. TV networks were filled with debates center on whether the Blue Devils could beat the Cleveland Cavaliers. Duke was the No. 1 team in the polls, the team with the top three freshmen in the sport, and the team expected to cut down the nets in March. Gonzaga just outlasted them in the championship game of the Maui Invitational. The ‘Zags held on to beat Duke 89-87 in Maui.

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