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Kilpatrick has 24, No. 15 Cincinnati beats Rutgers

Rutgers forward Wally Judge (33) grabs for the ball in front of Cincinnati forward Justin Jackson (5) and guard Ge'Lawn Guyn (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Sean Kilpatrick scored 24 points and No. 15 Cincinnati clinched at least a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title with a tough 70-66 win over Rutgers on Saturday.

Kilpatrick converted a three-point play and drove the lane for a layup in the final 68 seconds as the Bearcats (26-5, 15-3) rallied from a late deficit against the Scarlet Knights (11-20, 5-13).

Justin Jackson had given Cincinnati a 65-64 lead with 1:46 to play, scoring underneath after Kadeem Jack blocked his original shot in the paint.

Kilpatrick pushed the lead to four points with his back-door layup and free throw. The senior closed out the scoring with 17 seconds to play after Kerwin Okoro scored on a goaltending call against Jackson.

No. 11 Louisville can tie Cincinnati for the conference title if it beats Connecticut.

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