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Kansas defeats Creighton and advances to Sweet 16

FORT WORTH, Texas — Remy Martin scored 20 points, Ochai Agbaji gave Kansas a definitive lead with his first basket early in the second half, and the Jayhawks held off Creighton 79-72 to advance into the Sweet 16 on Saturday.

Martin hadn’t led Kansas (30-6) in scoring all season when the fifth-year senior, who transferred from Arizona State, struggled with a sore knee, but he did it in both NCAA Tournament play done.

The undermanned Bluejays (23-12) stayed close with an unusually hot performance from 3-pointers. Creighton, one of the country’s worst teams from across the arc, finished 12 out of 28.

The biggest came from freshman Trey Alexander, who unbalanced a throw well behind the line as the shot clock was about to expire. Keyshawn Feazell’s bucket put Creighton within one shortly after in the final two minutes.

The Bluejays had a last-minute chance to take the lead, but Alexander’s false pass went past Alex O’Connell’s hands, resulting in a breakaway dunk for Agbaji, who scored 13 of his 15 second-half points.

Creighton's Trey Alexander (23) and Arthur Kaluma react after being knocked out in the NCAA tournament.
Creighton’s Trey Alexander (23) and Arthur Kaluma (24) react after being eliminated in the NCAA tournament.
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Arthur Kaluma scored 24 points and went 4 of 10 from distance for the Bluejays.

Creighton, who reached the Sweet 16 last year, only had six players in his rotation after losing the 7-footer Ryan Kalkbrenner to a knee injury late in overtime in a 72-69 win over San Diego State.

Ryan Hawkins sank a 3-pointer from far behind the arc 13 seconds into play, finishing 3-of-6 from long range with 14 points. O’Connell was 3 of 8 and scored 16. Alexander finished on 14.

Martin, the plucky 6-foot guard who hit 15 in a Texas Southern blowout in the opening period, had 16 off the bench in the first half and then helped the Jayhawks stay ahead.

Christian Braun scored 13 goals for the Jayhawks, including a big 3 that was his only game in the second half.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/19/march-madness-2022-kansas-edges-creighton-advance-to-sweet-16/ Kansas defeats Creighton and advances to Sweet 16

JOE HERNANDEZ

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