Purdue holds off St. Mary's 72-69 on Jackson's FTs
Lewis Jackson made the go-ahead free throws with 22.8 seconds left after Saint Mary's had rallied from 11 points down late to take its first lead, and the Boilermakers defeated the Gaels 72-69 in the Midwest Regional on Friday night.
Jorden Page made a 3-pointer with 44.2 seconds left 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.
Rob Jones, who had 23 points, missed a 3 at the buzzer for the seventh-seeded Gaels (27-6).
Johnson had 21 points, Jackson 18 and Hummel and Anthony Johnson scored 10 apiece for the 10th-seeded Boilermakers (22-12).
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