7:40 PM ET, March 16, 2012
CenturyLink Center Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska
OMAHA, Neb. -- Having watched his team hang on against Saint Mary's after blowing a late double-digit lead, Purdue coach Matt Painter didn't point to a specific play that made the difference.Painter simply said luck was on the Boilermakers' side after they moved on in the NCAA tournament with a 72-69 victory Friday night in the Midwest Regional."We're very grateful to get this victory," Painter said. "Any time you play a great team like Saint Mary's and you get a 13-point lead, you've got to put them away. We weren't able to do that. When you get a big lead like that and somebody takes the lead back from you, it's normally difficult to win the game."
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OMAHA, NE - MARCH 16: Lewis Jackson #23 of the Purdue Boilermakers drives for a shot attempt in the first half...(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-57 (.456)||27-64 (.422)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-16 (.313)||4-25 (.160)|
|FT Made-Attempted||15-18 (.833)||11-13 (.846)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|
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