CAMP FOSTER, Japan – Pittsburgh and Gonzaga made a long trip to Japan to play a college basketball game.
Japan Standard Time is 14 hours ahead of the Eastern time zone, meaning the game was played on Saturday morning in Japan.
Foster Field House is one of 10 indoor facilities operating on Marine Corps bases on Okinawa by Marine Corps Community Services, none of which are air conditioned.
Ryan Luther gave the Panthers a 37-35 lead with a three-point play on a rebound with 5.4 seconds left in the half.
TIP-INS: Pomp was evident throughout pre-game festivities, with elements of the III Marine Expeditionary Force band playing the anthems of Japan and the United States, and the Marine color guard presenting the flags of both nations.
Neither team had played outside North America before the Classic.
The Bulldogs have played five games outside the United States, all in Vancouver, British Columbia, winning all five.