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COL BKB: Kansas 63, Purdue 60

March 18, 2012 at 11:56 PM

OMAHA, March 18 (UPI) -- Elijah Johnson stole the ball and followed with a game-winning layup Sunday, boosting Kansas to a 63-60 win over Purdue in the NCAA Tourney's Midwest Region.

Johnson's key play came with 23.3 seconds left and gave second-seeded Jayhawks (29-6) a 61-60 advantage.

Purdue's Robbie Hummel missed a 3-point try with 12 seconds left and Tyshawn Taylor capped the Kansas rally with a dunk, sending the Jayhawks into the Sweet 16 for the second straight year.

Kansas trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half and didn't take its first lead until Johnson's 3-pointer with 3 minutes remaining.

He finished with 18 points while Travis Releford and Tyshawn Taylor contributed 10 apiece for the Jayhawks, who now move on to play North Carolina State for a spot in the Elite Eight.

Hummel finished with 26 points and nine rebounds the 10th-seeded Boilermakers (22-13).

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