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Elijah Johnson rallies Kansas to 63-60 win over Purdue in NCAA tournament

By Dave Skretta

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 18 2012 9:20 p.m. MDT

Kansas center Jeff Withey (5) receives a pass while covered by Purdue forward Robbie Hummel (4) during the first half of a third-round NCAA college basketball tournament at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, March 18, 2012.

Nati Harnik, Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. — Elijah Johnson scored 18 points, including the go-ahead basket in the final minute, and No. 2 seed Kansas rallied to beat Robbie Hummel and No. 10 seed Purdue 63-60 on Sunday night.

Thomas Robinson managed 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Jayhawks (29-6), who trailed nearly the entire game but still managed to advance to St. Louis. They'll play No. 11 seed North Carolina State in the Midwest Regional semifinals.

Purdue was clinging to a 60-59 lead and had the ball and under a minute remaining when Lewis Jackson, the shot clock winding down, lost control at the top of the key. Johnson picked it up and went the other way for the go-ahead layup with 23.3 seconds left.

Hummel missed an open 3-pointer at the other end and Tyshawn Taylor scored a transition dunk for Kansas with 2.5 seconds left. After a timeout, Purdue sharpshooter Ryne Smith unloaded a long potential tying 3-point try that hit the backboard and the rim before falling away.

Hummel finished with 26 points to lead the Boilermakers (22-13).

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