Cincinnati beats Kansas State 75-61 in South Region

Kansas State forward Isaiah Maurice, right, puts his head in his hands as he and teammate D.J. Johnson watch the closing moments of the team's 75-61 loss to Cincinnati in a first-round game of the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Bryan Patrick)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Troy Caupain scored 23 points, Kyle Washington added 16 and defensive-minded Cincinnati shot it way past Kansas State 75-61 Friday night in the South Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Kansas State guard Caribe Ervin II celebrates after scoring in the first half against Cincinnati in a first-round game of the men’s NCAA college basketball tournament in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, March 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Bryan Patrick)

Cincinnati (30-5) was knocked out the first round a year ago and No. 6 seeds were 0-3 before the Bearcats took the floor, with Maryland, Creighton and SMU all losing to No. 11 seeds.

The Bearcats took care of their business and the No. 6 jinx with an impressive shooting display, shooting 62 percent. Cincinnati is known for its defense and did that, too, preventing Kansas State (21-14) from making much of a run after building a 17-point lead.

The Bearcats now move on to play the winner between No. 3 seed UCLA and No. 14 Kent State on Sunday.

Wesley Iwundu led Kansas State with 19 points.

 

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