The Purdue Boilermakers held off the underdog Siena Saints 72-64 in their first-round NCAA tournament matchup Friday, March 19, 2010, at the Spokane Arena.
After being force-fed a steady diet of grinder-type Big Ten Conference opponents throughout most of the regular season, Tom Izzo’s Michigan State University Spartans arrived in the Inland Northwest earlier this week rarin’ to run. And what they stumbled upon in Friday’s opening round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Arena was an opponent that was willing to run with them – every step of the way.
Keaton Grant ignited the decisive run that rallied fourth-seeded Purdue past No. 13 seed Siena 72-64 on Friday in the first round of NCAA tournament’s South Regional.