Cincy beats Rutgers, could win AAC with help from UConn
Piscataway, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Sean Kilpatrick scored five of his 24 points in the final 1:08 as No. 15 Cincinnati secured at least a share of the inaugural American Athletic Conference regular-season title with a 70-66 win over Rutgers.
The Bearcats were down 64-63 after a 6-0 Rutgers run. Myles Mack used a shot fake and hit from just inside the arc on the right wing to give the Scarlet Knights the lead with 3:21 remaining.
Justin Jackson and Kilpatrick carried Cincinnati down the stretch.
After putting back his own miss from in the paint, Jackson threw a bounce pass to Kilpatrick, who drew a foul on a layup. His free throw made it 68-64.
Rutgers then benefited from a questionable goaltending call to draw within two. On the next Cincinnati possession, Kilpatrick slashed through the lane for a game-sealing layup.
Jackson finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bearcats (26-5, 15-3 AAC), who can claim the AAC crown outright if 11th-ranked Louisville loses to No. 19 Connecticut later Saturday.
J.J. Moore had 19 points and Kadeem Jack added 15 with 12 rebounds for Rutgers (11-20, 5-13), which ended the regular season having lost six of seven.
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