UCLA-Gonzaga Overtime Contest Wins ESPYS Award
The UCLA men's basketball team's Final Four game versus Gonzaga, from April 3, 2021, won the ESPYS award in the category of "Best Game" on Saturday evening.
The annual award show, produced by ESPN, took place in New York City at The Rooftop at Pier 17. The live broadcast aired on ABC on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET (delayed on the West Coast at 8 p.m., PT).
Johnny Juzang, Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Tyger Campbell represented the UCLA men's basketball program at the award show.
The other three contests that were nominated for this year's "Best Game" award include the NCAA women's basketball championship game (Stanford defeated Arizona), an NFL game in Week 14 between Baltimore and Cleveland (Baltimore won, 47-42), and a triple-OT NHL playoff contest between Winnipeg and Edmonton.
In addition, former UCLA men's basketball standout Russell Westbrook was honored with an ESPYS award in the category of "Best Record Breaking Performance" after another strong NBA season, his first campaign with the Washington Wizards. Late in the 2020-21 NBA season, Westbrook recorded his 182nd career triple-double, becoming the league's all-time leader in that category. Previously, Oscar Robertson had tallied 181 triple-doubles during a career that spanned from 1960-74.
The ESPYS award winner for "Best Game" went to the UCLA-Gonzaga contest that ended in overtime, as Gonzaga secured a 93-90 win on a last-second buzzer-beating 3-pointer. The Final Four contest included 19 lead changes and 15 ties.
In overtime of that contest, Gonzaga claimed a five-point cushion with 1:15 to play. UCLA trailed, 90-85, and tied the game in the last minute. Jaquez Jr. nailed a 3-pointer with 48 seconds remaining. Juzang made a putback layup with under five seconds left after he had missed his initial shot attempt. Gonzaga won the game on a near-halfcourt shot by Jalen Suggs.