LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Nick Ruthsatz scored 21 points to lead Covington Catholic to a 61-54 win over Bardstown in the quarterfinals of the Kentucky boys Sweet 16 state basketball tournament Friday night at Rupp Arena.
The Colonels outlasted the Tigers in a game that featured 14 ties and nine lead changes. Covington Catholic (31-2), champions of Region 9, made 6 of 10 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Mark Schult followed Ruthsatz with 17 points and Cole Vonhandorf followed with 10 for the Colonels.
Covington Catholic will take on Bowling Green in the state semifinals set for 8 p.m. Saturday. The Purples defeated McCracken County 64-58 in a quarterfinal game Friday night.
The Tigers (27-7), winners of the 5th Region, got 14 points from Keanu Young in their first state quarterfinal appearance. L.J. Cowherd followed with 13 points and Seivon Schooling added 10 for the Tigers.