Sean Kilpatrick hit a 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left and Cincinnati beat No. 13 Connecticut, 70-67, last night at Storrs, Conn., for its seventh straight road victory in the Big East.
Kilpatrick scored 16 points to lead five Bearcats in double figures as Cincinnati (15-4, 5-1 Big East) withstood two big UConn second-half runs and a half-court shot by Niels Giffey at the buzzer that rimmed out.
Cashmere Wright and Yancy Gates each had 13 points for Cincinnati, which is in second place behind Syracuse in the conference.
Shabazz Napier had a career-high 27 points to lead UConn (14-4, 4-3), which lost for the first time at home this season.
“We’re to a point now mentally that our guys believe that if we play well, we can beat anybody,’’ Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. “That’s a big key for us.’’
Cincinnati took 26 shots from behind the arc, hitting 11 of them. The Bearcats, who led by 9 at the half, trailed, 57-55, before a 10-0 run gave them a 65-57 lead.
A 3-point shot by Napier cut it to 66-63 with just over a minute left, and another tied it with 10 seconds to go.
But the Bearcats took the ball up the court and Kilpatrick calmly launched his shot from behind the top of the key.
“I saw the rest of my teammates covered, they were all denied, so I looked at it and said, ‘You know what, I’ve got to make this big play,’ ’’ Kilpatrick said. “I seen the lane, and then they closed it, so I just took my time. They didn’t bite on the crossover move so I just pulled up.’’
Northeastern 60, Georgia State 57 - Jonathan Lee scored 19 points, including two free throws with 13 seconds left for the final points, to lift the host Huskies (9-8, 5-2 CAA) over the Panthers (13-5, 5-2).
The Huskies made 8 of 10 shots from 3-point range in the first half, including 4 of 4 by Joel Smith, to take a 35-31 halftime lead.
NU led, 48-38, before a 10-2 run by the Panthers cut the deficit to 2.
Georgia State trimmed a 58-52 deficit to 58-57 with 15 seconds left, but Lee hit his two free throws and Jihad Ali missed a 3-point try for the Panthers with 5 seconds to play.
Quincy Ford scored 14 points and Smith 13 for Northeastern.
Fordham 66, Rhode Island 64 - In a battle of Rams, Alberto Estwick knocked down the 3-pointer with 28 seconds left and host Fordham (8-9, 1-3 Atlantic 10) defeated URI (3-16, 0-4) to snap a three-game losing streak.
Billy Baron led Rhode Island with 22 points and Jonathan Holton had 18 rebounds.
Estwick finished with 18 points, hitting 4 of 6 3-pointers, and Branden Frazier scored 19 for Fordham.
Rhode Island led for all but 27 seconds of the first half.
Nebraska 70, Indiana 69 - Jorge Brian Diaz made two free throws with 11 seconds left to give the host Cornhuskers (10-8, 2-5) the lead for good, handing the No. 11 Hoosiers (15-3, 3-4) their third straight loss.
Indiana squandered a 13-point, second-half lead as Nebraska posted its biggest victory as a new member of the Big Ten.
UNLV 101, TCU 78 - Anthony Marshall had a career-high 27 points, Mike Moser added 16 points and 15 rebounds, and the No. 14 Runnin’ Rebels (17-3, 1-1) sprinted past the Horned Frogs (10-7, 0-2) in their Mountain West home opener.
Murray St. 66, Morehead St. 60 - Isaiah Canaan scored 20 points and the No. 12 Racers (19-0, 7-0 Ohio Valley) rallied from a 9-point deficit with just under 13 minutes to play to defeat the host Eagles (9-11, 3-4).
San Diego St. 75, New Mexico 70 - Xavier Thames scored 22 points and the No. 16 Aztecs (16-2, 2-0 Mountain West) snapped a 13-game winning streak by the host Lobos (15-3, 1-1).
Mississippi 75, Mississippi St. 68 - Reginald Buckner scored a career-high 19 points, added 15 rebounds, and the host Rebels (12-6, 2-2 SEC) upset the No. 18 Bulldogs (15-4, 2-2).
Creighton 66, Missouri St. 65 - Gregory Echenique scored 16 points, and Doug McDermott added 15 to help the No. 19 Bluejays (17-2, 7-1 Missouri Valley) edge the host Bears (11-9, 4-4).
Kansas St. 84, Texas 80 - Rodney McGruder scored a career high 33 points, including a transition dunk in the closing seconds, and the No. 25 Wildcats (13-4, 2-3 Big 12) beat the visiting Longhorns (12-6, 2-3).
Springfield 85, Wheaton 59 - Alex Berthiaume scored 24 points to power the Pride (11-5, 3-1) past the Lyons (8-7, 2-2) in a NEWMAC game in Norton.
Dayton 80, UMass 50 - Cassie Sant scored 17 points and Casey Nance grabbed 10 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, to power a balanced attack for the Flyers (11-5, 3-1) in an Atlantic 10 victory over the Minutewomen (6-13, 1-3) in Amherst.
Shakia Robinson had 22 points and 7 rebounds for UMass, which was without sixth-year senior Megan Zullo, who sat because of illness, ending a streak of 48 consecutive starts.
Louisville 64, Providence 48 - Freshman Bria Smith scored 12 points, Becky Burke went 3 of 3 from behind the arc to add 11 points, and Antonita Slaughter had 10 points as the No. 18 Cardinals (15-4, 4-2 Big East) rolled over the visiting Friars (10-9, 2-4).
Alicia Cropper was the only Friar in double figures with 14 points.
Baylor 72, Texas Tech 64 - Brittney Griner scored 21 points and Destiny Williams scored 16 points and got a career-high 16 rebounds as the No. 1 Lady Bears (18-0, 5-0 Big 12) held off the Lady Raiders (14-3, 2-3) at Lubbock, Texas.
Duke 79, Georgia Tech 62 - Elizabeth Williams had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Richa Jackson added 17 points, and the No. 5 Blue Devils (15-2, 5-0 ACC) won their ninth straight, cruising past the host Yellow Jackets (13-6, 3-3).
Yale 5, Trinity 4 - The Bantams were upset by the host Bulldogs (7-0), snapping a 252-match winning streak that dated to the 1997-98 season. It was the longest current winning streak in college sports.
The Bantams are the 13-time defending national champions and were 8-0 heading into the match.
Yale, which lost to Trinity in the last two national championship matches, features three of the nation’s top 25 players.