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Late buckets help Kansas survive Purdue upset bid

Purdue BoilermakersKansas JayhawksBasketball

OMAHA, NE -Come up with whatever cleaver saying when it comes to the stature of a man.

They all applied on a warm night in the upper midwest, where Purdue was putting the heat on yet another two-seed in this topsy turvy opening week of March Madness. 

Despite being outmatched underneath, the Boilermakers hung in with second-seeded Kansas and led for most of the game. But a flurry of Jayhawk buckets late helped them survive the Purdue upset bid as they move onto the Sweet 16 with the 63-60 victory. 

A layup by Elijah Taylor off a turnover by Lewis Jackson followed by a dunk by Tyshawn Taylor proved to be the game-winning points. Ryne Smith's long three-pointer attempt at the buzzer to tie was off the mark.

Purdue opened the game with its most impressive half of the season, throwing a scare into the 17,000-plus fans at the arena who were mostly donned in blue and red. Hummel hit a three and a jumper to spark a Purdue eight-point run to open the game.

It was only the beginning for Hummel, who finished the half hitting 7-of-8 shots from the field including five from behind the arc to give Purdue a 36-30 lead at the break. Despite size mismatches inside, Purdue was just one board behind the Jayhawks after 20 minutes.

Never once did Kansas tie or take the lead in the first half.

The Boilermakers continued to assert themselves in the beginning of the second half and a three-pointer by Ryne Smith gave Purdue a nine-point lead with 14:08 to go. Kansas would cut the lead down on a number of occasions, but Purdue continued to deny an equalizer.


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