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Kentucky Avoids Elimination, Beats Creighton

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - After getting shut down much of the night,
Jodie Meeks converted a three-point play with 10.6 seconds left to
give Kentucky a 65-63 victory over Creighton in the second round of
the NIT on Monday night.
The Wildcats (22-13) advanced to a quarterfinal game at Notre
Dame on Wednesday. The Bluejays, who came in off wins in 12 of
their past 13 games, finished the season 27-8.
Kentucky played from behind most of the night but found
themselves in position to win after Justin Carter missed two free
throws with 36.4 seconds left.
Meeks, held in check by P'Allen Stinnett and Antoine Young for
long stretches, blew past Stinnett on his way to the basket and got
fouled by Carter. After he made the free throw for a two-point
lead, Booker Woodfox missed what would have been the winning
3-pointer just before the buzzer.
Meeks led the Wildcats with 16 points, Perry Stevenson added 13
points and 10 rebounds and Patrick Patterson had 12 points.
Woodfox had 18 points, Stinnett 15 and Kenny Lawson 12. Carter
had eight points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
For the Bluejays, it was more than a game. It was an event.
Kentucky, college basketball's all-time winningest program, was
the biggest-name opponent to play on Creighton's floor since Ray
Meyer's great DePaul teams of the early 1980s.
Backed by an amped crowd of 16,984 despite a tornado warning at
tipoff, Creighton frustrated the Wildcats and had them playing from
behind most of the night.
Creighton led 33-31 at half after holding Kentucky stars Meeks
and Patterson to a combined seven points.
Patterson, who entered the game off four straight
double-doubles, was on the bench until the start of the second half
after picking up his second foul less than five minutes into the
game.
Creighton effectively denied Meeks the ball. The Southeastern
Conference's leading scorer at 24 points a game couldn't shake
Stinnett and Young, getting off just one shot the first nine
minutes. He then missed a fastbreak dunk and an alley-oop before
hitting a 3-pointer.
There were 13 lead changes, with Creighton never ahead by more
than five and Kentucky never by more than two.
Creighton missed 5 of 6 free throws in the last 3:26.

KENTUCKY 65, CREIGHTON 63
KENTUCKY (22-13)
Harris 2-4 5-7 9, Porter 3-4 0-0 7, Stevenson 6-12 1-2 13, Meeks 4-9 7-7 16, Patterson 5-7 2-2 12, Miller 2-6 0-1 5, Galloway 0-1 0-0 0, Stewart 0-1 0-0 0, Harrellson 0-3 0-0 0, Liggins 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 23-49 15-19 65.
CREIGHTON (27-8)
Carter 3-8 0-2 8, Lawson Jr. 5-11 2-2 12, Stinnett 4-7 5-9 15, Dotzler 0-1 0-0 0, Woodfox 6-17 3-4 18, Witter 0-2 0-0 0, Millard 0-0 0-0 0, Korver 1-4 0-0 3, Young 0-5 0-0 0, Harriman 0-1 0-0 0, Walker 3-3 1-2 7. Totals 22-59 11-19 63.
Halftime-Creighton 33-31. 3-Point Goals-Kentucky 4-9 (Liggins 1-1, Meeks 1-2, Porter 1-2, Miller 1-3, Stewart 0-1), Creighton 8-19 (Woodfox 3-6, Stinnett 2-4, Carter 2-4, Korver 1-3, Dotzler 0-1, Witter 0-1). Fouled Out-Dotzler. Rebounds-Kentucky 35 (Stevenson 10), Creighton 35 (Carter 14). Assists-Kentucky 16 (Harris 8), Creighton 16 (Dotzler 6). Total Fouls-Kentucky 20, Creighton 19. A-16,984.


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