Purdue fends off St. Mary's

2012-03-16 19:03:44

Lewis Jackson and Robbie Hummel, two seniors in the dance for the fourth time, both made a pair of free throws in the last 22.8 seconds Friday to lift Purdue over Saint Mary's, 72-69.

The 10th-seeded Boilermakers (22-12) moved on to a Sunday game with either Kansas or Detroit, which were playing later.

St. Mary's, ranked No. 24 and seeded seventh in the Midwest, took a 69-68 lead on Jordan Page's three-pointer with 44 seconds left. The Gaels (27-6) didn't hit another shot after that, with Page air-balling a three in between Jackson and Hummel's free throws and Rob Jones missing one at the buzzer.