INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue basketball will have to wait at least one more year for the program’s first trip to the Final Four since 1980.
Saint Peter’s continued its Cinderella NCAA Tournament run, pulling the 67-64 upset in the East region semifinals Friday night in Philadelphia.
15 Boilermaker turnovers allowed the Peacocks to hang with the three seed from the Big Ten. Darryl Banks III tied the game at 57 with just over three minutes left, then gave Saint Peter’s the lead for good one minute later.
Jaden Ivey had a three-point attempt at the buzzer to tie the game, but it was off the mark and the Peacocks became the first No. 15 seed to make the Elite Eight.
Banks led Saint Peter’s with 14 points, while Trevion Williams scored a game-high 16 for Purdue.
Boilermakers’ star Ivey had an off game, scoring only nine points while committing six turnovers.
Purdue was aiming for its second regional finals appearance in the last three NCAA tournaments and sixth in school history. Head coach Matt Painter falls to 1-5 in the Sweet 16.
The Peacocks began their magical run by knocking off Kentucky and Murray State at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Saint Peter’s will take on North Carolina on Sunday afternoon.