Purdue 58, Texas 54
Mar. 13, 1999
BOSTON (AP) _ Low-scoring Cameron Stephens hit a jumper with 4.8 seconds remaining as Purdue overcame a strong game by 7-foot Chris Mihm and beat Texas 58-54 in the first round of the NCAA tournament East regional Friday night.
Stephens, averaging just 3.3 points per game, took a pass from Tony Mayfield and, with Mihm jumping out at him in the right corner, made just his second basket of the game.
Texas' Gabe Muoneke then threw the inbounds pass off teammate Kris Clack and Mayfield finished the scoring with two free throws with 4.1 seconds to play.
The Longhorns' last slim chance ended when Brian Cardinal intercepted another inbounds pass by Muoneke and threw the ball toward the ceiling as time ran out.
Tenth-seeded Purdue (20-12) had lost five of its previous six games, while seventh-seeded Texas (19-13) was 16-4 in its previous 20.
The game was close throughout as neither team led by more than four points in the last 27 minutes. And there were four lead changes in the last six minutes.
Purdue was led by Cornell with 18 points and Cardinal with 14. Mihm had his 16th double-double in 21 games with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Muoneke added 12 points.
The Boilermakers advanced to Sunday's second-round game against second-seeded Miami (Fla.), which beat 15th-seeded Lafayette 75-54.