LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Sean Kilpatrick scored 28 points, including six free throws down the stretch that helped No. 13 Cincinnati rally for a 69-66 victory over No. 12 Louisville on Thursday night.
Unfazed despite blowing the last of two second-half leads, the first-place Bearcats (20-2, 9-0 American Athletic Conference) regrouped to hold the Cardinals to just two points over the final 5 minutes to win the conference showdown with a big hand from Kilpatrick.
Down 64-61, Kilpatrick made two from the line before Justin Jackson's tip-in gave Cincinnati the lead for good with 1:41 left. After Russ Smith's missed layup and Montrezl Harrell's turnover, Kilpatrick closed with four more free throws in the final 9 seconds to cap the Bearcats' 13th straight win that put them 2½ games ahead of Louisville (17-4, 6-2).
Jackson and Shaquille Thomas each added 11 points for the Bearcats, who shot 49 percent (23 of 47).
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