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Robinson leads Kansas to 60-57 win over NC State

By Dave Skretta

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 23 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson (0) shoots a layup during the first half of an NCAA tournament Midwest Regional college basketball game against North Carolina State, Friday, March 23, 2012, in St. Louis.

Jeff Roberson, Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Thomas Robinson had 18 points and 15 rebounds, Jeff Withey blocked 10 shots to finish one shy of the NCAA tournament record, and No. 2 seed Kansas held on to beat North Carolina State 60-57 Friday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals.

The Jayhawks (30-6) advanced to play top-seeded North Carolina for a spot in the Final Four when Richard Howell's off-balanced heave at the buzzer came up well short.

Elijah Johnson added 11 points for the Jayhawks, including a layup off an inbound pass from Tyshawn Taylor with 13.5 seconds remaining that gave them a calming cushion.

N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried called a timeout to set up a play, but Scott Wood stepped out of bounds while fielding a cross-court pass with 5 seconds left that kept one of the nation's best 3-point shooters from getting off a shot.

C.J. Leslie had 18 points for the Wolfpack (24-13), despite sitting much of the second half with four fouls. Wood finished with 12 points on 2-for-10 shooting.

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