LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sean Kilpatrick scored 28, making six free throws down the stretch as No. 13 Cincinnati rallied 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) held the Cardinals to two points over the final five minutes. The Bearcats' 13th straight win puts them 2½ games ahead of Louisville (17-4, 6-2).
Down 64-61, Kilpatrick made two free throws, then Justin Jackson's tip-in gave Cincinnati the lead for good with 1:41 left. Jackson was questionable to play with an ankle injury.
After Russ Smith's missed layup and Montrezl Harrell's turnover, Kilpatrick hit four free throws to finish 11-for-11 from the line.
"I've just worked on my free throws throughout the year, just really trying to continue to keep getting better," said the senior guard. "I just appreciate those free throws today."
Cincinnati was 17-of-18 at the line; Louisville was 8-of-12.
No. 10 Mich. 75, Purdue 66: Caris LeVert had 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first career double double, and the host Wolverines (16-4, 8-0 Big Ten) won their 10th straight. The conference leaders shot 61 percent. The Boilermakers had held their previous five opponents under 42.
Auburn 74, Alabama 55: Chris Denson scored a career-high 32 and the host Tigers snapped a 16-game SEC losing streak. Auburn's last conference win had come against the Tide nearly a year ago.
UCla 70, oregon 68: Travis Wear's putback with 5.3 seconds to go gave the visiting Bruins their fifth win in six games. UCLA moved into sole possession of second place in the Pac-12 behind Arizona.
Nebraska 60, Indiana 55: The host Cornhuskers, trailing by 16, won back-to-back Big Ten games for the first time in their three years in the conference.
uf 75, alabama 67: Carlie Needles hit five 3-pointers and scored a team-high 16 for the host Gators (15-6, 5-3 SEC). Florida has won four straight against the Tide (10-11, 3-5).
No. 2 N. Dame 74, Va. Tech 48: Kayla McBride scored 18 and the Irish (20-0, 7-0 ACC) won their 22nd straight at home.
No. 3 Duke 76, Miami 75: Elizabeth Williams converted one of two free throws with 1.7 seconds left and Tricia Liston scored 29 as the visiting Blue Devils (21-1, 8-0 ACC) survived a scare from the Hurricanes (11-10, 3-5).
Syracuse 78, NO. 6 UNC 73: The visiting Orange erased an 18-point deficit. Diamond DeShields scored 21 for the Tar Heels (17-4, 5-2 ACC).
No. 7 S. Carolina 99, Miss. 70: Freshman Alaina Coates tied her career high with 24 points for the host Gamecocks (19-2, 7-1 SEC).
No. 18 N.C. St. 72, No. 8 Maryland 63: Myisha Goodwin-Coleman made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:51 left for the host Wolfpack (19-3, 6-2 ACC), which beat the Terrapins (16-4, 4-3) for the first time in four years. Freshman Lexie Brown scored a season-high 20 for Maryland.
No. 10 Tennessee 70, Ark. 60: Cierra Burdick and Meighan Simmons each scored 16 for the host Vols (17-4, 6-2 SEC).
No. 12 Penn State 75, No. 19 Purdue 72: Maggie Lucas had 23 points and Ariel Edwards added 21 as the visiting Lions (16-4, 7-1 Big Ten) avenged their only conference loss by holding off the Boilermakers (15-6, 5-4). Purdue rallied within two, but KK Houser missed a 3-pointer with five seconds left.
Uga 58, No. 13 Kentucky 56: Merritt Hempe had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the host Bulldogs. The Wildcats (16-5, 4-4 SEC) entered with the nation's fifth-highest scoring average, but only Samarie Walker (10 points) was in double figures.
No. 14 LSU 65, Miss. St. 56: Shanece McKinney didn't miss a shot en route to a career-high 19 points for the host Tigers (17-4, 6-2 SEC). McKinney had seven field goals and five free throws and LSU, which trailed 26-21 at halftime, shot 17-of-26 (63 percent) in the second half.
Missouri 59, No. 16 Vandy 54: Bri Kulas scored 15 and the host Tigers made a 13-point halftime lead stand up after the Commodores (16-5, 5-3 SEC) got within 55-54 with 52 seconds left.
No. 17 Tex. A&M 71, Auburn 54: Courtney Williams scored 17 as the Aggies (17-5, 7-1 SEC) moved to 4-0 in league road games.
No. 22 Gonzaga 89, Santa Clara 37: Shelby Cheslek led a balanced attack for the host Bulldogs (19-3, 9-1 WCC).