Purdue Notes -The Boilermakers, making their sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, improved their record to 22-12. Purdue moves to 35-25 in NCAA Tournament games, having won their opening round game in the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time in a row. Purdue is 3-1 as a No. 10 seed and owns a 2-0 mark against No. 7 seeded teams in NCAA Tournament with its previous win in 1999 vs. Texas. The Boilermakers also are 12-2 against teams that currently comprise the West Coast Conference.
Matt Painter improves collegiate career coaching mark to 185-81 (eight seasons), including a 160-76 mark at Purdue (seven years). He also has 8-6 NCAA Tournament record (8-5 at Purdue). Purdue is 17-3 this season when scoring 70-plus points and 99-14 under Painter. The Boilermakers had five three-point baskets, extending their consecutive games streak of making at least one trey to 652.
Purdue Player Plaudits -Guard Terone Johnson scored a team-high 21 points, enjoying his second career 20-plus scoring game. He tied a career high with nine field goals and collected five assists - which was one shy of career high. He scored 15 in the first half to mark his sixth straight game with at least 13 points and 13th double-figure game in last 18 contests. Lewis Jackson added 18 points, including 15 in the second half, for his 19th double-figure scoring game of season and 38th of career.
Senior Robbie Hummel had 10 points and seven rebounds, reaching double figures for 31st time this season and 95th of career. He also led team in rebounding for the 25th time this season and 66th in his career and moved into 11th place on the school career steals chart with 132, passing Chad Austin (1995-98, 131), after collecting two.
Saint Mary's Notes -The Gaels, who had a four-game winning streak snapped, closed out the season with a 27-6 record. Saint Mary's, making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament, saw its NCAA tournament record fall to 3-7. Randy Bennett's career coaching record fell to 235-118 in 11 seasons, including a 4-6 mark in the NCAA Tournament. Saint Mary's shot 16 percent (4-25) from three-point range, which was its second worse percentage of season, while the four treys also tied for second lowest of year.
Saint Mary's Player Plaudits -Rob Jones, who ranks fourth in the NCAA in double-doubles, collected his 20th this season with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Matthew Dellavedova had 12 points, including seven in the final 4:24 of game. He also had game-high eight assists to move into No. 2 on school single-season assist charts at 212, moving past Mickey McConnell (2010-11, 206). Dellavedova also moved into No. 10 on school single-season scoring charts at 512, moving past David Sivulich (1997-98, 504) and Sam Hill (1969-70, 506. Mitchell Young matched season high with 12 points, hitting six of eight shots. Stephen Holt, the team's third leading scorer (10.4 ppg) was held to two points.
First Half Recap -Clinging to 19-16 lead, guard Terone Johnson scored seven of his game-high 15 points during an 8-0 run to give Purdue its biggest lead at 27-16. Saint Mary's responded with 8-4 run to close out half trailing 31-24. Rob Jones led Saint Mary's with six points and eight rebounds. Saint Mary's struggled from opening tip, shooting just 26.3 percent from floor at 7:58 mark, including 1-of-10 from three-point range, but hung around only trailing 15-12 by controlling the boards. The Gaels out-rebounded Purdue, 14-8, at that juncture outscoring the Boilermakers, 6-0, on second-chance points. Guard Matthew Dellavedova, the Gaels' leading scorer (15.6 ppg) had just three points in first half, making only one of six shots. The Gaels made just one of 15 treys in the first half but owned a 12-2 advantage in second-chance points.
Second-Half Recap -Jorden Page's three-point basket from left baseline with 44.2 seconds left gave Saint Mary's its only lead of game at 69-68, while capping a 14-2 scoring outburst after trailing 66-55 with 4:24 left. But Purdue sank four free throws in final 22 seconds to earn victory. After Purdue guard Terone Johnson was called for traveling with 31.5 seconds, Saint Mary's Clint Steindl committed a traveling infraction while trying to inbound the ball under the Purdue basket. Stephen Holt then fouled Purdue's Lewis Jackson going to the basket with 22.8 seconds. Jackson made both free throws to give Purdue 70-69 lead. Page shot an air-ball from right wing with 11 seconds. Robbie Hummel then made two free throws with 8.7 seconds to account for final score. Saint Mary's Rob Jones missed three-point shot from top of key just before horn expired.