Doug McDermott had 27 points and 11 rebounds while breaking his own single-season scoring record as Creighton advanced to the third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament with a 67-63 win over Cincinnati on Friday.
Creighton improves to 28-7 on the season and has now won NCAA Tournament games in consecutive seasons for the first time. Cincinnati finishes its year with a 22-12 mark.
The Bluejays advance to play Duke on Sunday on TBS in a late game that will tip at 8:40 pm Central (9:40 pm in Philadelphia).
Cashmere Wright drained two early three-pointers and Creighton turned it over on its first three trips to quickly fall behind 6-0 before righting the ship. Led by consistent scoring from McDermott and a trio of three-pointers by Ethan Wragge, the Jays took a 32-27 lead into the half.
McDermott would drain a three-pointer from the right corner early in the second half to break his own single-season scoring mark from a year ago.
The teams would continue to play closely until a three-point play from Gregory Echenique and McDermott score to make it 52-44 with 8:40 to play. The Bearcats rallied to tie it at 54-all on a Sean Kilpatrick runner, only to have Echenique give the Jays the lead back on a nifty post move inside with 3:05 to play. After a stop, McDermott made two at the line to push the lead to four with 1:42 left.
CU got another stop and Austin Chatman would be fouled and make two tries with 1:07 left for a 60-54 Bluejay lead. Cincinnati got a golden opportunity when McDermott was charged with a flagrant one elbow foul with 53.1 left. But Shaquille Thomas missed both tries, only to have UC’s Sean Kilpatrick drain a three-pointer with 51.1 left.
Grant Gibbs would be tripped with 46.1 seconds left and make both to put CU up by five. UC came right back down and got a basket by Wright. Wright missed the ensuing free throw, as McDermott hauled down his 11th rebound and was fouled before making two foul shots.
Wright answered again with 32.1 left, to get the Bearcats within 64-61, and UC got the ball back via the possession arrow after Titus Rubles came up wiht a steal with 24.5 ticks left.
The Bearcats went for a quick two and Kilpatrick scored, only to have Chatman make two free throws with 14.7 left to make it a three-point lead. UC came down court and Kilpatrick’s tying trey was halfway down before rimming out. The Bearcats then traveled after grabbing the offensive rebound, and Chatman sank 1-of-2 shots at the line with 3.6 seconds left to ice the win.
McDermott led all players with 27 points and 11 rebounds while also sinking all 11 free throw attempts. Echenique finished wiht 13 points and sevne rebounds, while Wragge made his first four attempts from three-point range and finished with 12 points in 16 minutes. Jahenns Manigat led CU’s offense with 16 assists and also helped down a high-scoring UC backcourt.
Creighton shot 45.2 percent for the game, including 7-of-15 from three-point range, and also sank 22-of-25 foul shots. Creighton won the rebound battle 32-31.
Cincinnati was led by 19 points from Kilpatrick, while Wright had 15. The Bearcats shot 42.2 percent for the game, but were just 5-of-20 from downtown and 4-of-9 at the line.