Saint Mary's won't reprise its 2010 run to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.
The Gaels are one and done.
Purdue guard 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.
''If it didn't sting, it wouldn't be any fun,'' Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said. ''That's why it stings, because you care so much. There aren't many things you can pour your heart into with a bunch of guys your age and invest so much time and care so much, and that's why it hurts, because when it's over it's gone.
''Some guys get to return, but those three seniors don't. We were good because our three seniors gave us tremendous leadership this year. I told them in the locker room this year I wasn't sure it was going to happen, but it did and I'm proud of them for that.''
Rob Jones, one of those seniors, just about willed the Gaels to fi...