Bill Self leapt to his feet on the Kansas sideline, the typically restrained coach finally unloading with a moment of sheer exuberance. After trailing almost the entire...
OMAHA, Neb. — Bill Self leapt to his feet on the Kansas sideline, the typically restrained coach finally unloading with a moment of sheer exuberance.
After trailing almost the entire way against Purdue, his Jayhawks are moving on.
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 the No. 10 seed Boilermakers 63-60 on Sunday night.
Thomas Robinson fought through double teams all night for 11 points and 13 rebounds, and the Jayhawks (29-6) got enough production from everyone else to erase a 10-point second-half deficit and reach the Midwest Regional semifinals in St. Louis.
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Kansas will face No. 11 seed North Carolina State.
“What a great game. It wasn’t the best played, but it was a grind-it-out, typical Big Ten game,” Self said. “Hummel was unbelievable and we just hung in there.”
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 layin with 23.3 seconds left.
Hummel missed a three-pointer at the other end and Tyshawn Taylor scored a transition dunk for the Jayhawks with 2.5 seconds left, giving the roughly 15,000 fans who had made the three-hour drive from the Kansas campus reason to let out a roar for one of the first times all night.
After a timeout, Purdue sharpshooter Ryne Smith managed to get off a decent look at a long, potential tying three-pointer. It hit off the backboard, clanked off the rim and finally fell away.
“It stinks,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “It stinks to lose.”
Hummel finished with 26 points and nine rebounds for the Boilermakers (22-13), who were trying to reach the round of 16 for the third time in four years. D.J. Byrd and Terone Johnson finished with 10 points each for Purdue.
No. 11 North Carolina St. 66,
No. 3 Georgetown 63
In Columbus, Ohio, Lorenzo Brown hit three free throws in the final 10.6 seconds and NC State returned to the round of 16 with an upset of Georgetown.
The Wolfpack (24-12) had to survive a furious comeback by the Hoyas (24-9) that ended when Jason Clark’s hurried three-point attempt from the right wing was off the mark at the buzzer.
“We pushed the ball up the court, tried to get a last shot,” Clark said, his eyes brimming with tears. “I felt like it had a chance, but it didn’t.”
C.J. Williams, Scott Wood and C.J. Leslie each had 14 points for NC State, which earned its first trip to the round of 16 since 2005.
No. 1 North Carolina 87,
No. 8 Creighton 73
In Greensboro, N.C., John Henson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in his return from a wrist injury, but Kendall Marshall broke a bone in his right wrist during the second half of the Tar Heels’ victory.
“All we know right now is it’s a fracture,” said Marshall, who still finished with 18 points and 11 assists. “Luckily it’s my right hand. If it was my left hand, then we’d probably have some problems. But we’ll take it day by day and figure it out.”
North Carolina (31-5) got off to a fast start and built a 15-point lead in the first half, then kept control and pushed the margin to 19 after the break.
Doug McDermott scored 20 points for the Bluejays (29-6), who shot 41 percent and couldn’t keep up with the hot-shooting Tar Heels.
No. 13 Ohio 62,
No. 10 South Florida 56
In Nashville, Tenn., Walter Offutt scored 21 points and D.J. Cooper had 19 as the Bobcats (29-7) advanced to the regional semifinals.
The Bobcats trailed by two when Offutt swished a three-pointer, launching a 10-0 run for the Bobcats. A pair of free throws by Cooper made it 54-46 with 3:28 left.
The Bobcats had a 59-53 lead when Toarlyn Fitzpatrick connected for USF’s first three-pointer of the half. But Cooper went 3 for 4 from the line while the Bulls missed three shots in the final 36 seconds.
Victor Rudd Jr. and Anthony Collins both scored 13 points for the Bulls (22-14).