5:40 PM ET, March 21, 2009
Rose Garden, Portland, OR
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Purdue was teetering. Desperate Washington was roaring back. The Huskies' close-to-home crowd was screaming. And the stifling intensity that makes the NCAA tournament so popular blanketed the court.
Miller: True GritThe Boilermakers turned to their reservoir of Big Ten grit to hold on for a 76-74 win, earning a berth in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2000. Ted Miller
• Purdue reached its first Sweet 16 since 2000, handing the Pac-10 its second loss of Saturday.
• The Boilermakers will face Connecticut in the Sweet 16.
• JaJuan Johnson had 22 points, six rebounds and four blocks for Purdue.
• Jon Brockman, Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas combined for 64 of the Huskies' 74 points.
-- ESPN research
Purdue made it to its first Sweet 16 since 2000 thanks to their defense. Too bad their next opponent is on a major offensive roll. Story
Johnson To The Rescue
Purdue's JaJuan Johnson scored 22 points and had two huge blocks in the final minute on Saturday. His second-half play helped the Boilermakers hold off Washington's late charge. Here's a look:
|Points in paint||8||6|
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||25-64 (.391)||28-67 (.418)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-16 (.438)||4-12 (.333)|
|FT Made-Attempted||19-23 (.826)||14-19 (.737)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||20 (0/0)|
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