WEST LAFAYETTE - Purdue's men's basketball season came to an end Monday in an 86-83 loss to Santa Clara in the quarterfinal round of the College Basketball Invitational at Mackey Arena.
The Boilermakers (16-18) let momentum and a 37-33 halftime lead slip away.
Purdue, which fell behind by as many as 12, climbed back to within 80-78, but Santa Clara guard Kevin Porter drained a three-pointer with 34.5 seconds left to send the Broncos ahead 83-78.
Terone Johnson responded by muscling up a bucket from close range with 19.5 left and hit a free throw to bring Purdue within 83-81.
Santa Clara lost the ball out of bounds at the baseline, but Terone Johnson's step-back jumper from the free throw line missed. Reserve Brandon Clark dropped two free throws for Santa Clara with 8.6 remaining to give the Broncos a four-point lead.
Back to Purdue, with Terone Johnson scoring an uncontested layup with 4.6 seconds left.
Foster, fouled with 4.1 seconds remaining, hit the first free throw and missed the second. With a chance to tie, Terone Johnson's three-pointer from the right side missed.
Ronnie Johnson led Purdue with 27 points, and Terone Johnson added 20. Foster led Santa Clara (23-11) with 33.