Purdue Advances to Sweet 16

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JaJuan Johnson scored 22 points and had two huge blocks in the final minute as fifth-seeded Purdue held off a frantic charge to beat fourth-seeded Washington 76-74 on Saturday to advance to its first regional semifinals since 2000.

E'Twaun Moore scored 14 points and made the clinching free throws with 5.5 seconds remaining. The Boilermakers (27-9), the Big Ten tournament champions, led the entire game, but nearly blew a 14-point lead to the desperate, determined Huskies.

Isaiah Thomas scored 24 points, Quincy Pondexter had 20 with 10 rebounds and Jon Brockman added 20 points with 18 rebounds -- the 59th and final double-double of his career -- for Washington (26-9), the regular-season champion of the Pac-10.

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