Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Feeling slighted, Purdue snuffs Siena's upset bid

Purdue’s Keaton Grant, trying to drive around Siena’s Kyle Downey, ignites a key 20-3 run with 11 points to begin the second half.

Getty Images

Purdue’s Keaton Grant, trying to drive around Siena’s Kyle Downey, ignites a key 20-3 run with 11 points to begin the second half.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Purdue played the us-against-the-world game.

Us won.

"You got the president picking against you, so it's a different thing," senior Keaton Grant said of the national chorus — including Barack Obama — expecting 13th-seeded Siena to beat the Boilermakers because Robbie Hummel is out. "We were very aware and just used it as motivation."

Grant, who became a starter after the do-it-all Hummel blew out his knee three weeks ago, ignited a decisive 20-3 run with 11 points to begin the second half. That opened the inside for teammate JaJuan Johnson's 23 points and rallied the fourth-seeded Boilermakers past previous giant-killer Siena 72-64 on Friday in the first round.

Johnson, the tallest player on either team at 6 feet 10, tied his career high with 15 rebounds, and E'Twaun Moore added 12 points for the Boilermakers (28-5).

Then they let off some steam, in the direction of the White House and seemingly everyone else's house in a country that predicted the Saints (27-7) would pull a first-round upset in a third straight NCAA Tournament.

"I think the biggest thing was for me when President Obama just said he kind of felt sorry for us, just everything we been through and with this team and the adversity we face," said sophomore Lewis Jackson, who made key free throws in the final minute.

"Guys don't want people to feel sorry for us. We want to prove that we still have a lot of talent and can make a big run in the tournament."

Edwin Ubiles scored 18 for Siena, which came from 15 down to pull within 66-63 on a layup by Ryan Rossiter with 62 seconds left.

Duke 73, Ark.-Pine Bluff 44: Avoiding the upset bug that has taken down favorite after favorite, top-seeded Duke opened play with a dominating performance in Jacksonville.

"That really didn't cross our minds, that happening to us, the 1 vs. 16," said Jon Scheyer, who scored 13.

Kyle Singler had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Duke (30-5), which never trailed.

The victory gave coach Mike Krzyzewski his 11th 30-win season in three decades at Duke, which has made 10 trips to the Final Four under him, though none since 2006.

"It's nice to have," Krzyzewski said of another 30-win season.

Tavaris Washington scored nine to lead Arkansas-Pine Bluff (18-16), which appeared in the NCAAs for the first time.

Texas A&M 69, Utah St. 53: Freshman Khris Middleton erupted for a career-high 19 points to lead the fifth-seeded Aggies in Spokane, Wash.

"Going into the game, I was a little nervous," Middleton said. "But as we started, I was less nervous and just played."

Making his first four 3-pointers helped. Middleton made 7 of 10 shots, including 5 of 6 3-pointers, in 25 minutes.

Texas A&M (24-9) advanced to the second round for the fifth consecutive year.

Utah State (27-8) lost its fifth consecutive first-round game. Its last win came in 2001 over Ohio State.

Jared Quayle, Utah State's all-Western Athletic Conference guard, was 5-of-18 from the field in one of the worst shooting performances of his career. He finished with 11 points.

Feeling slighted, Purdue snuffs Siena's upset bid 03/19/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 20, 2010 12:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Former Buc Mike Glennon says right things about Bears QB situation


    Mike Glennon's go-to line about being recognized around town since becoming a Bear worked as well as ever, producing laughs.

    Quarterback Mike Glennon, shown last season with the Bucs before signing in the offseason with the Bears, is showing good humor about a looming competition in Chicago. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  2. Tampa Bay Super Bowls: A brief history and some predictions for 2021


    At last, Tampa will host a Super Bowl again. It used to be that the Cigar City would host one a decade, but by the time February 2021 rolls around, it will have been 12 years since the epic showdown between the Steelers and Cardinals. Because it has been awhile, let's revisit those past Super Bowls while also peering …

    Santonio Holmes hauls in the game-winning touchdown in the Steelers' 27-23 Super Bowl XLIII victory over the Cardinals in 2009, the last time Tampa hosted a Super Bowl. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
  3. Rays bats go silent in second straight loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Sure, Alex Cobb was to blame for the Rays' 4-0 loss on Tuesday.

    Derek Norris strikes out with the bases loaded as the Rays blow a golden opportunity in the seventh inning.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Angels game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb made mistakes on back-to-back pitches to the first two Angels hitters Tuesday, allowing homers to Cameron Maybin and Mike Trout, but otherwise gave the Rays another solid outing, working into the eighth and scattering seven hits.

  5. Rays journal: Brad Miller won't return from DL when eligible

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — 2B Brad Miller (left abdominal strain) will not return from the 10-day disabled list Friday as he hoped. While he took ground balls Tuesday, he has yet to resume running.

    Rays second baseman Brad Miller, left, with infielder Tim Beckham, says he’s letting his left abdominal strain “cool down” before testing it by running.