Kansas 60, N.C. State 57

Kansas derails North Carolina State

ST. LOUIS - Thomas Robinson had 18 points and 15 rebounds, Jeff Withey blocked 10 shots to finish one shy of the NCAA Tournament record, and No. 2 seed Kansas held on to beat North Carolina State, 60-57, Friday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals.

The Jayhawks (30-6), who hit only 1 of 14 3-pointers and finished 37.5 percent from the floor overall, advanced when Richard Howell’s off-balance heave at the buzzer came up well short.

Elijah Johnson added 11 points for the Jayhawks, including a layup off an inbound pass from Tyshawn Taylor with 13.5 seconds remaining that gave them a calming cushion.


N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried called a timeout to set up a play, but Scott Wood stepped out of bounds while fielding a cross-court pass with five seconds left.

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C.J. Leslie had 18 points for the 11th-seeded Wolfpack (24-13), despite sitting much of the second half with four fouls. Wood finished with 12 points on 2-for-10 shooting.

Howell had 4 points and 16 rebounds for N.C. State, which led at halftime, 33-32.