EVANSTON, Ill. - The Northwestern Basketball team returned home to Evanston early Sunday after their historic run came to an end in Utah. The team's buses pulled onto campus at about 1 a.m. and there was no fanfare or cheering fans to welcome them. It the end of their dream season but the Wildcats didn't go down without a fight.
After trailing by as many as 22 points, Northwestern clawed back to within five on a 23-8 run with less than five minutes to play.
It could have been even closer if a few whistles went their way.
One blown call, in particular, led to a four-point swing.
Northwestern head coach Chris Collins received a technical foul for walking on the court and arguing after Derek Pardon's shot was blocked from inside the basket.
Collins was not the only Wildcat to take umbrage with the officiating.
One fan became a viral internet meme for his reaction to a string of calls throughout the game.
Unfortunately, time ran out on Northwestern's Cinderella story.
Gonzaga pulled away late, winning by the final of 79 to 73.