The No. 10 Cincinnati Bearcats (22-12, 9-9 Big East) lost to the No. 7 Creighton Bluejays (28-7, 13-5 MVC), 67-63, on Friday in the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.
There were five ties and seven lead changes in the first half but the Bluejays led the Bearcats 32-27 at halftime and never trailed in the second half.
Doug McDermott led Creighton in scoring with 27 points while Gregory Echenique had 13 and Ethan Wragge pitched in 12. Creighton shot 45.2 percent from the field, were 7-of-15 (46.7 percent) from beyond the arc, and 22-of-25 from the free-throw line.
The Bearcats were led in scoring by Sean Kilpatrick with 19 while Cashmere Wright, Shaquille Thomas and Titus Rubles scored 15, 12 and 11, respectively. Cincinnati shot 42.2 percent from the field, 25 percent (5-of-20) from three-point range and went 4-of-9 (44.4 percent) from the free-throw line.
Cincinnati tied the game, 54-54, with 3:33 remaining on a Kilpatrick jumper after trailing by eight points—its largest deficit of the game—with 8:43 left.
Creighton went up 60-54 on two Austin Chatman free throws with 1:07 left.
McDermott was called for an flagrant-1 foul on the inbounds pass after throwing up his elbows and catching Thomas in the head when he was trapped, giving the Bearcats’ Thomas two foul shots and possession of the ball.
Thomas missed both free throws.
Kilpatrick hit a three-pointer off the inbounds pass to bring the Bearcats within three with 51 seconds left.
He was then called for a foul after Creighton inbounded the ball and his legs got caught up with Grant Gibbs.
Gibbs made both of his free throws to extend Creighton’s lead to 62-57 with 46 seconds left.
Wright was fouled as he made a layup, cutting Creighton’s lead to 62-59 with 41 seconds left, but he missed the free throw.
McDermott was fouled and made both of his free throws to put Crieghton up 64-59 with 40 seconds left.
Wright made a running jumper to cut the Creighton lead to 64-61 with 33 seconds left.
Cincinnati forced a jump ball and got possession of the ball with 24.5 seconds left.
Kilpatrick made a layup to bring the Bearcats within one with 17 seconds left.
Crieghton’s Chatman was fouled and made both of his free throws to make it a 66-63 game with 14 seconds left.
Kilpatrick missed a three with eight seconds left.
Chatman was fouled again and made a free throw to put the Bluejays up by the final score of 67-63.