GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Hasheem Thabeet scored 15 points and had 15 rebounds, and Connecticut overcame a sluggish first half to defeat Purdue 72-60 in the NCAA West Regional semifinals on Thursday.
One day after an internet report alleged Uconn committed NCAA recruiting violations, the top-seeded Huskies (30-4) reached the regional finals for the fourth time since 2002.
Uconn jumped out to an early 11-point lead, then went cold and let the fifth-seeded Boilermakers (27-10) pull within 30-25 at halftime before Thabeet took over.
Robbie Hummel had 17 points for Purdue, but only two in the second half. The Boilermakers ended their longest NCAA run since 2000, when they lost to Wisconsin in the West Regional final.
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