Washington handles Mississippi St. to advance to second round
PORTLAND - The 4th-seeded Washington Huskies are on their way to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Huskies easily beat Mississippi State 71-58 in the first round.
Washington advances to the second round to play 5th-seeded Purdue. The Boilermakers beat Northern Iowa 61-56 earlier in the day.
PORTLAND - E'Twaun Moore had 17 points and fifth-seeded Purdue held off a late charge by 12th-seeded Northern Iowa for a 61-56 victory Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
JaJuan Johnson added 14 points for the Boilermakers (26-9), who led by as many as 14 in the West Regional at the Rose Garden Arena. Kwadzo Ahelegbe had 11 points for the Panthers (23-11), who closed to within 56-54 on Kerwin Dunham's 3-pointer with 17.4 seconds left. But Chris Kramer made a pair of free throws and Ahelegbe missed a layup on the rim with 7.7 seconds left for Northern Iowa. Lewis Jackson made one of two free throws on the other end to help seal it.
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