Mar 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Creighton Bluejays forward Doug McDermott (3) celebrates with guard Jahenns Manigat (12) during the first half against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Wells Fargo Center. Duke defeated Albany 73-61. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament: Creighton Bluejays 67 Cincinnati Bearcats 63

The Creighton Bluejays got into a knockdown drag out fight with the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Jays aren’t used to the physical nature of a Big East team, but they handled and won their first NCAA tournament game in 2013.  Doug McDermott had a fantastic game scoring 27 points. The All American candidate shot 7-13 from the field, 2-4 from the three and a perfect 11-11 from the free throw line. He was as good as advertised and his team needed every bit of his play to pull off a hard fought victory. The Jays shot extremely well, going 88% from the line, 46.7 % from the three and 46.3% from the field.

The Bearcats had a much more difficult time getting jumpshots to fall. If they weren’t shooting around the rim, then they weren’t dropping. They hit two three pointers to start off the game but ended shooting only 5-20 from beyond the arch. Sean Kilpatrick led Cincy with 19 points but in the end he was no match for the caliber of player that is Doug McDermott.

Creighton will play Duke for the right to advance to the Sweet 16.

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