PHOENIX, AZ– In celebration of Gonzaga’s first appearance in the NCAA men’s basketball championship game, ancient necromancers from the school successfully summoned the spirit of 16th-century Jesuit missionary St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the namesake of the university, to sit courtside during the game.

“It was just one of those ‘why not?’ moments,” said resurrector Kelly Fielding. “For such a momentous occasion in our university’s history, we thought… why not have the man for whom the university is named on hand to revel in all the glory?”

The awe-inspiring apparition of the holy figure could be seen floating eerily around the bench, periodically mumbling random Latin phrases.

“I think that he’s enjoying the game and seeing how his spirit has lived on,” head coach Charlie Buck said, adding that the fans in the student section were a bit hesitant about the patron saint’s presence, but have since warmed up to him. “Hopefully, this will give our boys the spark they need to bring a championship to good ol’ Spokane, Washington.”

At press time, it was revealed that Gonzaga’s spirit had been picked to shoot a half-court shot at halftime for a chance to be elevated to angel-status.