Purdue made it through its NCAA opener again, but Saint Mary's made it interesting.
Lewis Jackson made the go-ahead free throws with 22.8 seconds left after the Gaels had rallied from 11 points down late to take their first lead, and the Boilermakers won 72-69 in the Midwest Regional on Friday night.
''Knowing my fate and my career were laying in my hands, I just had the confidence to knock those down,'' said Jackson, the Boilermakers' senior point guard.
Jorden Page had hit 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 17 of his 23 points in the second half, missed a 3 at the buzzer for the seventh-seeded Gaels (27-6).
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