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A freshman saved Gonzaga. Now he’s getting marriage proposals

When Gonzaga freshman Zach Norvell Jr. hit a pivotal 3-pointer Thursday in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament, the Twittersphere let out a collective sigh of relief.

With many fans picking the favored Bulldogs to win in their tournament pools, they were clearly nervous when North Carolina-Greensboro rallied to tie the score in the closing minutes. Then, Norvell sank a 3-pointer with 21 seconds to play.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">GONZAGA WITH THE CLUTCH BUCKET! <a href="https://t.co/nOesk0x4DN">pic.twitter.com/nOesk0x4DN</a></p>&mdash; CBS Sports (@CBSSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSSports/status/974368223301742593?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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An offensive foul by UNCG that some fans saw as a Gonzaga flop and a Norvell free throw (that snapped a streak of four consecutive Gonzaga misses) sealed a 68-64 win for the Zags.

Here’s a sample of how fans reacted to Norvell’s dagger:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I’m going to love my first child, Zach Norvell Beucherie, so much.</p>&mdash; Matt B (@SeattleMattB) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeattleMattB/status/974370440427618304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Marry me Zach Norvell Jr.</p>&mdash; Lauren (@thammmmers) <a href="https://twitter.com/thammmmers/status/974370439836286976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thank the heavens for Zach Norvell</p>&mdash; Will Tender (@willtender35) <a href="https://twitter.com/willtender35/status/974372566318985216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Norvell clutch</p>&mdash; KofC Council 6066 (@KofCCouncil6066) <a href="https://twitter.com/KofCCouncil6066/status/974372648309350400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">God bless Zach Norvell and his entire family for generations to come <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gozags?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#gozags</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MarchMadness2018?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MarchMadness2018</a></p>&mdash; RJ Liggins (@ShortsGogglesRJ) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShortsGogglesRJ/status/974372023014010880?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Norvell came up huge. Great players make great plays. Thankfully. Enjoy Boise for a couple more days.</p>&mdash; B Kotter (@BBkotter) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBkotter/status/974371894202851328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Norvell has zero conscience. Amazing for a Freshman to forget his previous misses and not hesitate on a shot like that.</p>&mdash; Tory Rhyne (@TRhyno3) <a href="https://twitter.com/TRhyno3/status/974371449757511680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Zach Norvell couldn&#39;t hit a shot all game, until he needed to.</p>&mdash; Connor Hope (@CondorianFM) <a href="https://twitter.com/CondorianFM/status/974371426718294016?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Zach Norvell Jr. with the dagger, just like his daddy. Zachary Sr. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NMSU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NMSU</a> <a href="https://t.co/Jic8x6SQWe">https://t.co/Jic8x6SQWe</a></p>&mdash; Heath Nielsen (@HeathNielsen) <a href="https://twitter.com/HeathNielsen/status/974370971447685127?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Zach Norvell, you have pushed back <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BracketSadness?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BracketSadness</a> for at least 2 more days </p>&mdash; Brian Topham (@BrianTopham) <a href="https://twitter.com/BrianTopham/status/974369589902696449?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">When Norvell hit that three <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoZags?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoZags</a> <a href="https://t.co/yMn36FJtil">pic.twitter.com/yMn36FJtil</a></p>&mdash; mackenzie (@mackenziedlloyd) <a href="https://twitter.com/mackenziedlloyd/status/974370493393379328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gonzaga almost gave me a heart attack. Thank you Zach Norvell Yung James Harden for bailing us out. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MarchMadness?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MarchMadness</a></p>&mdash; Jake Roberts (@HeyJake____) <a href="https://twitter.com/HeyJake____/status/974370194872127488?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I wish I had half the confidence in myself that Zach Norvell has in his jumpshot</p>&mdash; The Ghost of Demetri Goodson (@ElKnappitan) <a href="https://twitter.com/ElKnappitan/status/974369939938099201?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Zach Norvell is cold blooded ..... pure scorer</p>&mdash; The Flagrant 2 (@TheFlagrant_2) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheFlagrant_2/status/974369620026064896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Norvell has my permission to sire my future children. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoZags?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoZags</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Gonzaga?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Gonzaga</a></p>&mdash; Ty Cieloha (@tycieloha) <a href="https://twitter.com/tycieloha/status/974369829166690304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">ZACH NORVELL, JR!!!</p>&mdash; Ryan Rusk (@GoHawks76) <a href="https://twitter.com/GoHawks76/status/974369572609339392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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