【N.J】 Princeton men’s basketball’s run comes to an end against Creighton in Sweet 16 – – – New Jersey News

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – All good things must come to an end.

That includes the Princeton men’s basketball team’s magical March.

Ryan Kalkbrenner scored 22 points, Baylor Scheierman finished with 21 and hot-shooting Creighton ended the Tigers’ NCAA Tournament run in the Sweet 16 with an 86-75 victory on Friday night here at the KFC Yum! Center.

Seniors Tosan Evbuomwan and Ryan Langborg did their best to keep Princeton in it against the Blue Jays’ blistering attack. Evbuomwan finished with 24 points, six rebounds and nine assists and Langborg scored a career-high 26.

Ultimately, it wasn’t enough to get past a Creighton team that shot 58.2%.

Creighton led, 47-43, following a torrid opening 20 minutes in which both teams shot over 50%. Backed by Baylor Scheierman’s 13 points on a perfect 5-of-5 (three 3s), the Blue Jays connected at 62.1% and 50% from beyond the arc.

Evbuomwan had 15 points, four rebounds and six assists in the first half, and despite Creighton’s hot shooting, Princeton was ahead, 38-35, before the Big East school closed with a 12-5 push.

Down Goes No. 1 (All Of Them)

Fifth-seeded San Diego State rallied from a nine-point deficit in the second half to knock out top overall seed Alabama, 71-64, in the night’s first game.

Darrion Trammell scored 21 points and the Aztecs (30-6) blocked eight shots as part of a defensive effort that held the Crimson Tide (31-6) to 3-of-27 on 3-point tries. From the time it trailed by nine, San Diego State out-scored Alabama, 32-16.

Projected top-five NBA pick Brandon Miller was limited to nine points on 3-for-16 from the field.

With Miami knocking off Houston in the Midwest Region, this is the first time that a No. 1 seed has failed to reach the Elite 8.

By the time Princeton-Creighton tipped off at 9:22 EST, there were more No. 15 seeds left than No. 1 seeds.

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