Midwest Regional: Cincinnati can’t catch Creighton in last minute
Creighton 67, Cincinnati 63 — Doug McDermott had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Gregory Echenique scored 13 points to help Creighton hold on to beat Cincinnati yesterday in Philadelphia.
Ethan Wragge added 12 for the Bluejays, who won their NCAA Tournament opener for the second straight year.
McDermott, the two-time Missouri Valley Conference player of the year and 2012 All-American, made all 11 free throws to help the seventh-seeded Bluejays (28-7) move on to play Duke on Sunday.
Sean Kilpatrick’s driving layup after Cincinnati (22-12) had the arrow on a jump ball cut it to 64-63 with 17 seconds left.
Austin Chatman sank two free throws for Creighton. Kilpatrick’s attempt at a tying three rimmed out, and the Bearcats were whistled for traveling after grabbing the rebound.
Chatman then hit one of two from the line to clinch it.
Kilpatrick scored 19 points and Cashmere Wright had 15 for Cincinnati.
Duke 73, Albany 61 — Seth Curry scored 26 points, Mason Plumlee 23 and second-seeded Duke beat Albany in Philadelphia.
The Blue Devils (28-5) never really pulled away from the Great Danes (24-11), who got as close as eight points with 4:40 to play.