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Gonzaga vs. Baylor championship blog: Zags fall to Bears 86-70

It was the second time the Bulldogs reached the championship game in the past five NCAA Tournaments.

SPOKANE, Wash. β€” The Baylor Bears beat the Gonzaga Bulldogs 86-70 in the 2021 NCAA championship game on Monday, ending the Zags' undefeated season. 

It was the second time the Bulldogs reached the championship game in the past five NCAA Tournaments. KREM provided live updates and tracked big moments during the Bulldogs' faceoff against the Bears. They are available to read below. 

Live blog:

Gonzaga falls to Baylor in the national championship 86-70. 

Gonzaga's Joel Ayayi is back in the game. 

Baylor is leading over Gonzaga 82-65. 

Gonzaga's Joel Ayayi is hurt and sitting out of the game. 

Baylor widens its lead over Gonzaga to 80-63.

Baylor is leading over Gonzaga 67-53.

Baylor has widened its lead over Gonzaga to 67-51.

Baylor has maintained its lead over Gonzaga 56-45 at the beginning of the second half.

 Baylor is leading 47-37 over Gonzaga at halftime.

Baylor is leading 45-28 over Gonzaga.

Baylor is leading 38-26 over Gonzaga.

Baylor widens lead over Gonzaga to 33-14.

Baylor's lead over Gonzaga has increased to 23-8.

Davion Mitchell already has seven points for Baylor.

Baylor's lead over Gonzaga has increased to 16-4. 

Kispert scored Gonzaga's first three-pointer of the game. 

The Bears have taken an early lead over the Bulldogs, 11-1. Jalen Suggs has two fouls three minutes into the game and Gonzaga had not scored a field goal 4.5 minutes into the game.

The Zags joined together for their last dance huddle of the year for the championship game.