Creighton ends Princeton’s March Madness race with 86-75 win

by: MICHAEL MAROT, Associated Press

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Creighton used his size, 3-point shooting and teeming second-half defense to end Princeton’s March Madness run, beating the 15th-seeded Tigers 86-75 on Friday night in the Sweet 16.

The sixth-seeded Bluejays (24-12) advanced to their first regional final since being part of an eight-team NCAA Tournament in 1941. Creighton will face number-one San Diego State. 5, in Sunday’s Southern Region Finals, with each team looking for their first Final Four.

Two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year Ryan Kalkbenner scored 22 points to lead the Bluejays to their sixth victory in seven games. Baylor Scheierman had five 3s and finished with 21 points.

Princeton shook brackets everywhere by beating second-seeded Arizona in the first round, then knocked out seventh-seeded Missouri last weekend in Sacramento, Calif.

The Tigers (23-9) were led by Ryan Langborg with 26 points and Ivy League Player of the Year Tosan Evbuomwan with 24 points, six rebounds and nine assists.

Princeton, playing in its first Sweet 16 since 1967, was hoping to become the first Ivy League champion to make the Elite Eight since Penn’s Final Four in 1979, the first Tigers team to reach the Final Four since Bill Bradley led them there in 1965, and the second consecutive No. 15 seed to play in a regional final. Last year, Saint Peter’s became the first 15 seed to achieve this feat.


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