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Cincinnati’s awfully Sweet after holding off FSU


Mike Miller

Cincinnati kept the state of Ohio perfect in the NCAA tournament and earned its first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2001.

Not a bad cap to the first week of the Big Dance.

The Bearcats held off No. 3 seed Florida State 62-56 Sunday night, showcasing some defense that even the Seminoles – perhaps the best defensive team in college basketball on a year-to-year basis – couldn’t top. FSU (25-10) was just 39 percent from the field and committed 17 turnovers, narrowly missing a second straight trip to the Sweet 16.

Cincinnati needed some clutch free-throw shooting to get it done, too. The Bearcats were 8-for-8 from the line in the final 34 seconds, thwarting any would-be FSU rally. They needed those, too. FSU scored six points in an 11-second stretch before finally running out of time.

Sean Kilpatrick led Cincinnati with 18 points. Luke Loucks was FSU’s top scorer with 14.

Ohio teams -- Ohio State, Cincinnati, Xavier and Ohio -- are all in the Sweet 16.

Cincinnati (26-10) now advances to play Ohio State (29-7) on Friday in Boston.

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