NCAA tournament roundup: Boilermakers stop Gaels' late rally

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Published: Friday, March 16 2012 11:38 p.m. MDT

Purdue's Robbie Hummel, center, is fouled by St. Mary's Stephen Holt (14), Jorden Page, right, and Rob Jones.

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OMAHA, Neb. — Lewis Jackson made the go-ahead free throws for No. 10-seeded Purdue with 22.8 seconds left after No. 7-seeded Saint Mary's had rallied late from 11 points down to take its first lead in Purdue's 72-69 victory.

Jorden Page hit a 3-pointer with 44.2 seconds remaining to finish a 14-2 run that brought the Gaels back from a 66-55 deficit with 4:24 to play.

Purdue's Terone Johnson and Saint Mary's Clint Steindl were called for traveling before Jackson made his free throws. Page badly missed what would have been a go-ahead 3 with 10 seconds left, and Robbie Hummel made two free throws for a three-point lead.

No. 10 XAVIER 67, No. 7 NOTRE DAME 63: At Greensboro, N.C., Tu Holloway banked in the go-ahead shot over Jack Cooley with 21.3 seconds left, helping Xavier rally for the win. Holloway finished with 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting, including a flurry that helped the 10th-seeded Musketeers (22-12) rally from a 10-point second-half deficit

West Regional

No. 7 FLORIDA 71, No. 10 VIRGINIA 45: Bradley Beal had 14 points and 11 rebounds, reserve Casey Prather scored a career-high 14 and Florida pulled away in the second half to beat Virginia. The Gators (24-10) finished the first half on a 17-4 run to shake off a slow start and get out to a 30-22 lead. They shot 70 percent in the second half, pushing their lead to more than 20 points. Florida made it to the regional finals last season.

East Regional

No. 1 MICHIGAN STATE 89, No. 16 LIU BROOKLYN 67: At Columbus, Ohio, Draymond Green scored 24 points in a triple-double. The Spartans (28-7) finally put away the pesky No. 16 Blackbirds (25-9) with a 14-4 run midway through the second half.

No. 3 FLORIDA STATE 66, No. 14 ST. BONAVENTURE 63: At Nashville, Tenn., Bernard James scored 19 points and Florida State barely avoided a big upset, rallying to beat St. Bonaventure. The Seminoles (25-9) shook off a slow start and won their sixth straight game. Andrew Nicholson scored 20 points and Demetrius Conger had 14 for St. Bonaventure (20-12), which was trying to win an NCAA tournament game for the first time since 1970.

No. 6 CINCINNATI 65, No. 11 TEXAS 59: At Nashville, Tenn., Yancy Gates had 15 points and 10 rebounds as Cincinnati started strong and then withstood a late rally by Texas. The Bearcats (25-10) jumped out to a 16-2 lead while Texas opened the game 1 of 14 from the field and shot 16 percent for the first half.

Midwest Regional

No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 77, No. 16 VERMONT 58: At Greensboro, N.C., Tyler Zeller had 17 points and 15 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Vermont in its NCAA tournament opener despite playing without injured starter John Henson. Freshman forward James Michael McAdoo added a season-high 17 points for the Tar Heels (30-5).

No. 2 KANSAS 65, No. 15 DETROIT 50: At Omaha, Neb., Thomas Robinson had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and second-seeded Kansas rolled to the victory. Elijah Johnson added 15 points and Tyshawn Taylor had 10 for the Jayhawks (28-6)

No. 3 GEORGETOWN 74, No. 14 BELMONT 59: At Columbus, Ohio, Jason Clark scored 21 points, Otto Porter added 16 and Georgetown's ruthless defense bottled up Belmont's shooters, sending the Hoyas into the next round of the NCAA tournament after early exits the past two years. Henry Sims had 15 points for the Hoyas (24-8), who shot 62 percent from the floor and will play No. 11 seed North Carolina State in the third round Sunday.

No. 8 CREIGHTON 58, No. 9 ALABAMA 57: At Greensboro, N.C., Doug McDermott scored 16 points and Creighton overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half to beat Alabama for its first NCAA tournament victory in 10 years. Alabama had a chance to win during the frantic final seconds, but Josh Jones blocked Trevor Releford's 3-point attempt from the top of the key as time expired.

No. 11 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 79, No. 6 SAN DIEGO STATE 65: At Columbus, Ohio, Richard Howell scored 22 points, double his season average, and North Carolina State used its muscle inside and sticky defense. Lorenzo Brown added 17 points and C.J. Leslie 15 for the Wolfpack (23-12).

No. 12 SOUTH FLORIDA, No. 5 TEMPLE 44: At Nashville, Tenn., Victor Rudd Jr. and Anthony Collins each scored 17 points, and South Florida shook off a frigid first 20 minutes to earn the upset. The 12th-seeded Bulls (22-13) took it to the Atlantic 10 regular-season champ with their bruising Big East-style of play and held Temple 20 points below its previous season low in scoring.

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