SEATTLE — For Gonzaga, it’s on to the next round. For North Dakota State, it’s back to the market.
Canadian international Kyle Wiltjer scored 23 points Friday night to lift the second-seeded Bulldogs to an 86-76 victory over the team that lifts weights in an out-of-commission grocery store.
Wiltjer was born in Portland, Ore., but holds dual citizenship. Kevin Pangos of Holland Landing, Ont., added 18 points.
The Zags (33-2) will play Iowa on Sunday to try to make the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009.
Dexter Werner had a career-high 22 points for North Dakota State.
The 15th-seeded Bison (23-10), upset winners over Oklahoma as a 12 seed last year, couldn’t muster a repeat. Still, it was quite a season for a team that lost three starters and its head coach after last year and had to improvise on things like weight rooms and practice space while their facilities are being overhauled.