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Gonzaga defeats Seton Hall 68-52 to advance to second round in NCAA tournament

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Isaiah Whitehead #15, Derrick Gordon #32 and Angel Delgado #31 of the Seton Hall Pirates defends against Domantas Sabonis #11 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the second half during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Pepsi Center on March 17, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

DENVER —  Gonzaga is moving on in the NCAA Tournament after pulling away from Seton Hall for a 68-52 victory Thursday night behind 21 points and 16 rebounds from Domantas Sabonis.

Kyle Wiltjer added 13 for the Bulldogs (27-7), who will play Utah on Saturday for a trip to the Sweet 16.

Gonzaga came in as an 11 seed — a team that struggled at times this season and was no sure bet to make its 18th straight trip into March Madness until it won its conference tournament.

But against sixth-seeded Seton Hall (25-9), this didn’t feel like an upset.

The key was limiting Isaiah Whitehead. Whitehead, the star of Seton Hall’s run to its first Big East tournament title since 1993, scored only 10 points and missed all 10 of his 3-point shots.