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No. 24 Cincinnati holds off Wichita State for 66-63 victory

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) As Cincinnati expected, Wichita State had one last run down the stretch - enough to pull even, but not overtake the No. 24 Bearcats.

Nysier Brooks scored 13 points and Cane Broome hit the go-ahead layup with 23.5 seconds left to give No. 24 Cincinnati a 66-63 victory over Wichita State in Saturday's semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament.

The victory was the second of Saturday's semifinals where the underdog tried to overtake the better seed. Memphis rallied, but fell to Houston 61-58. That sets up the championship showdown between the conference's top two teams - Cincinnati as the No. 2 seed and top-seeded Houston.

''This is the time of year that you are not into splitting atoms,'' Bearcat coach Mick Cronin said. ''You win and move on.''

Tre Scott had 12 points and eight rebounds, Jarron Cumberland, the conference player of the year, was limited to 11 points going 3 of 16 from the field.

Markis McDuffie, who had a career-high 34 points in the Shockers quarterfinal 80-74 win over third-seed Temple on Friday night, scored 18 for the Shockers (19-14), the tournament's No. 6 seed. Samajae Haynes-Jones had 17, despite missing six of his seven 3-point attempts.

''We were one play short against a very, very good team, a very well-coached team, a team that's going to go to the NCAA tournament and hopefully advance pretty deep,'' Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said.

Cincinnati appeared in control with a 62-55 lead with 4:44 left, when the Shockers made their run. They eventually would catch the Bearcats at 62-all, then again deadlocked at 63.

The 63-all tie came after Wichita State's Jaime Echenique split a pair of free throws with 46.7 seconds left.

On the ensuing Cincinnati possession Broome got to the rim for a layup and a Bearcat lead of 65-63 with 23.5 second left.

''Big basket, obviously, for Cane Broome down the stretch,'' Cronin said. ''Jarron Cumberland set a great screen.''

Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall called timeout to set up a play. McDuffie drove on Cincinnati's Keith Williams, but missed in close. The Bearcats grabbed the rebound and Cumberland split a pair of free throws for the final margin.

Win and advance; survive and advance,'' Cronin said.

For Marshall, despite the loss, the season was rewarding. The Shockers were not expected to have their normal good team this season, and started out living up to those expectations. Wichita State started the conference 1-6 before closing the season winning 11 of 13 before Saturday's semifinal loss.

''It's been very rewarding to watch just the individuals as well as the team collectively improve to get to this point where we were one play shy of playing for a championship,'' Marshall said.

BIG PICTURE

Wichita State: The Shockers entered the game having won six straight, including beating No. 3 seed Temple on Friday night. Despite trailing by seven - 62-55 with 4:44 left - the Shockers made seven of their next eight shots and put together a 9-2 run to deadlock the game. But Broome's layup kept the Shockers from extending their winning streak.

Cincinnati: Cumberland struggled throughout the game, and dealt with foul trouble in the second half. But while he was out, the Bearcats were able to extend their lead. That was significant in providing a buffer as Wichita State made its comeback.

ONE MORE CHANCE

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said he wanted to reach the championship game, not only to play for the crown, but also because ''my feeling is Houston is as good as anybody in the country.''

Then there is the fact that the Cougars have won both games between the two teams this season. ''Obviously, you want to try and right the fact that they beat you twice,'' Cronin said. ''That doesn't happen a lot around Cincinnati.''

UP NEXT

Wichita State: Waits to see if they get a postseason invitation.

Cincinnati: Faces top-seed Houston in Sunday's title game.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Wichita State  
19:35   Jamarius Burton missed layup  
19:33   Defensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
19:11 +2 Jarron Cumberland made jump shot 0-2
18:51   Markis McDuffie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:49   Defensive rebound by Justin Jenifer  
18:34   Nysier Brooks missed hook shot  
18:32   Offensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
18:27 +2 Nysier Brooks made dunk 0-4
18:14   Samajae Haynes-Jones missed jump shot  
18:12   Defensive rebound by Keith Williams  
18:00   Keith Williams missed layup, blocked by Dexter Dennis  
17:58   Defensive rebound by Dexter Dennis  
17:43   Shooting foul on Justin Jenifer  
17:43 +1 Markis McDuffie made 1st of 3 free throws 1-4
17:43 +1 Markis McDuffie made 2nd of 3 free throws 2-4
17:43 +1 Markis McDuffie made 3rd of 3 free throws 3-4
17:28 +2 Nysier Brooks made dunk, assist by Jarron Cumberland 3-6
17:04 +2 Markis McDuffie made layup 5-6
16:46   Tre Scott missed jump shot  
16:44   Defensive rebound by Dexter Dennis  
16:36 +2 Asbjorn Midtgaard made hook shot, assist by Jamarius Burton 7-6
16:16   Jarron Cumberland missed jump shot  
16:14   Offensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
16:00   Tre Scott missed layup, blocked by Asbjorn Midtgaard  
15:58   Defensive rebound by Markis McDuffie  
15:49 +3 Jamarius Burton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Samajae Haynes-Jones 10-6
15:31   Jarron Cumberland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:29   Defensive rebound by Dexter Dennis  
15:04 +2 Samajae Haynes-Jones made layup 12-6
14:38 +2 Nysier Brooks made jump shot, assist by Keith Williams 12-8
14:21   Markis McDuffie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:19   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
13:57 +3 Tre Scott made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Jenifer 12-11
13:28   Dexter Dennis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:26   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
13:14   Nysier Brooks missed hook shot  
13:12   Offensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
12:59   Jarron Cumberland missed jump shot  
12:57   Offensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
12:57   Shooting foul on Dexter Dennis  
12:57   Nysier Brooks missed 1st of 2 free throws  
12:57   Nysier Brooks missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
12:57   Defensive rebound by Markis McDuffie  
12:29   Bad pass turnover on Samajae Haynes-Jones  
12:12 +2 Nysier Brooks made layup, assist by Jarron Cumberland 12-13
12:12   Shooting foul on Jaime Echenique  
12:12   Nysier Brooks missed free throw  
12:12   Defensive rebound by Dexter Dennis  
11:58   Erik Stevenson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:56   Defensive rebound by Cincinnati  
11:30   Cane Broome missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:28   Offensive rebound by Trevor Moore  
11:22 +2 Rashawn Fredericks made layup 12-15
10:53   Jaime Echenique missed jump shot  
10:51   Offensive rebound by Markis McDuffie  
10:45   Markis McDuffie missed layup, blocked by Nysier Brooks  
10:43   Defensive rebound by Rashawn Fredericks  
10:36   Cane Broome missed jump shot  
10:34   Defensive rebound by Erik Stevenson  
10:34   Shooting foul on Trevor Moore  
10:34 +1 Markis McDuffie made 1st of 2 free throws 13-15
10:34 +1 Markis McDuffie made 2nd of 2 free throws 14-15
10:10   Jarron Cumberland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:08   Defensive rebound by Wichita State  
9:47   Dexter Dennis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:45   Defensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
9:26 +2 Eliel Nsoseme made layup, assist by Justin Jenifer 14-17
9:14   Markis McDuffie missed layup  
9:12   Defensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
9:02 +3 Tre Scott made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jarron Cumberland 14-20
8:37   Shooting foul on Tre Scott  
8:37 +1 Markis McDuffie made 1st of 3 free throws 15-20
8:37 +1 Markis McDuffie made 2nd of 3 free throws 16-20
8:37 +1 Markis McDuffie made 3rd of 3 free throws 17-20
8:23   Tre Scott missed layup  
8:21   Offensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
8:09 +2 Jarron Cumberland made floating jump shot 17-22
8:02   Rod Brown missed layup, blocked by Tre Scott  
8:00   Defensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
7:51   Bad pass turnover on Jarron Cumberland, stolen by Samajae Haynes-Jones  
7:37   Samajae Haynes-Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:35   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
7:10 +2 Tre Scott made layup 17-24
6:56 +3 Ricky Torres made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jamarius Burton 20-24
6:30 +2 Keith Williams made jump shot, assist by Justin Jenifer 20-26
6:18   Shooting foul on Eliel Nsoseme  
6:18   Jamarius Burton missed 1st of 2 free throws  
6:18 +1 Jamarius Burton made 2nd of 2 free throws 21-26
6:02   Tre Scott missed hook shot  
6:00   Defensive rebound by Ricky Torres  
5:49   Dexter Dennis missed jump shot  
5:47   Defensive rebound by Keith Williams  
5:30   Jarron Cumberland missed floating jump shot  
5:28   Offensive rebound by Tre Scott  
5:27   Shooting foul on Dexter Dennis  
5:27   Tre Scott missed 1st of 2 free throws  
5:27   Tre Scott missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
5:27   Defensive rebound by Asbjorn Midtgaard  
5:01 +3 Samajae Haynes-Jones made 3-pt. jump shot 24-26
4:45   Bad pass turnover on Jarron Cumberland, stolen by Samajae Haynes-Jones  
4:40   Shooting foul on Jarron Cumberland  
4:40 +1 Samajae Haynes-Jones made 1st of 2 free throws 25-26
4:40 +1 Samajae Haynes-Jones made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-26
4:14   Keith Williams missed jump shot  
4:12   Defensive rebound by Samajae Haynes-Jones  
4:08   Samajae Haynes-Jones missed layup, blocked by Keith Williams  
4:06   Offensive rebound by Wichita State  
4:04   Bad pass turnover on Erik Stevenson  
3:37   Trevor Moore missed jump shot  
3:35   Defensive rebound by Erik Stevenson  
3:27   Bad pass turnover on Erik Stevenson, stolen by Tre Scott  
3:18   Cane Broome missed jump shot  
3:16   Defensive rebound by Wichita State  
3:16   Personal foul on Nysier Brooks  
2:49   Samajae Haynes-Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:47   Defensive rebound by Cincinnati  
2:24   Tre Scott missed jump shot  
2:22   Offensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
2:17   Justin Jenifer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:15   Defensive rebound by Samajae Haynes-Jones  
2:08 +2 Markis McDuffie made jump shot 28-26
1:48   Personal foul on Jamarius Burton  
1:43   Justin Jenifer missed jump shot  
1:41   Offensive rebound by Tre Scott  
1:37 +3 Cane Broome made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tre Scott 28-29
1:29 +2 Jamarius Burton made driving dunk 30-29
1:09   Bad pass turnover on Jarron Cumberland, stolen by Jamarius Burton  
47.0   Jaime Echenique missed layup  
45.0   Defensive rebound by Cane Broome  
32.0   Cane Broome missed jump shot  
30.0   Defensive rebound by Wichita State  
30.0   Personal foul on Nysier Brooks  
30.0 +1 Jaime Echenique made 1st of 2 free throws 31-29
30.0 +1 Jaime Echenique made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-29
3.0   Justin Jenifer missed jump shot  
1.0   Offensive rebound by Eliel Nsoseme  
1.0   Shooting foul on Jaime Echenique  
1.0   Eliel Nsoseme missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1.0   Eliel Nsoseme missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
1.0   Offensive rebound by Rashawn Fredericks  
1.0   Rashawn Fredericks missed jump shot  
0.0   Defensive rebound by Erik Stevenson  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:49   Jarron Cumberland missed jump shot  
19:47   Offensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
19:47   Jarron Cumberland missed tip-in  
19:45   Offensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
19:45   Lost ball turnover on Jarron Cumberland, stolen by Jamarius Burton  
19:15   Dexter Dennis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:13   Defensive rebound by Cincinnati  
19:13   Personal foul on Asbjorn Midtgaard  
18:47 +2 Keith Williams made jump shot 32-31
18:31   Markis McDuffie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:29   Offensive rebound by Wichita State  
18:27   Personal foul on Nysier Brooks  
18:21   Samajae Haynes-Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:19   Defensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
18:18   Personal foul on Jamarius Burton  
18:06   Justin Jenifer missed jump shot  
18:04   Offensive rebound by Cincinnati  
18:04   Personal foul on Asbjorn Midtgaard  
18:01   Jarron Cumberland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:59   Offensive rebound by Justin Jenifer  
17:57 +2 Justin Jenifer made dunk 32-33
17:39   Markis McDuffie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:37   Offensive rebound by Asbjorn Midtgaard  
17:26   Shooting foul on Jarron Cumberland  
17:26 +1 Dexter Dennis made 1st of 2 free throws 33-33
17:26   Dexter Dennis missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
17:26   Offensive rebound by Wichita State  
17:26   Personal foul on Tre Scott  
17:25   Jaime Echenique missed layup, blocked by Keith Williams  
17:25   Offensive rebound by Jaime Echenique  
17:25   Jumpball received by Wichita State  
17:22   Bad pass turnover on Jaime Echenique, stolen by Jarron Cumberland  
17:09 +3 Jarron Cumberland made 3-pt. jump shot 33-36
16:46   Jaime Echenique missed hook shot, blocked by Mamoudou Diarra  
16:44   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
16:35   Lost ball turnover on Mamoudou Diarra  
16:13   Personal foul on Jarron Cumberland  
16:04   Asbjorn Midtgaard missed jump shot  
16:02   Offensive rebound by Dexter Dennis  
15:58   Dexter Dennis missed layup  
15:56   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
15:39 +3 Justin Jenifer made 3-pt. jump shot 33-39
15:26   Jamarius Burton missed layup, blocked by Keith Williams  
15:24   Defensive rebound by Keith Williams  
15:25   Jumpball received by Cincinnati  
14:56 +2 Mamoudou Diarra made jump shot, assist by Keith Williams 33-41
14:30   Dexter Dennis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:28   Offensive rebound by Jamarius Burton  
14:22   Samajae Haynes-Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:20   Offensive rebound by Dexter Dennis  
14:15   Lost ball turnover on Dexter Dennis, stolen by Keith Williams  
14:02   Keith Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:00   Defensive rebound by Asbjorn Midtgaard  
13:54 +3 Jamarius Burton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Samajae Haynes-Jones 36-41
13:25   Tre Scott missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:23   Defensive rebound by Jamarius Burton  
13:13   Bad pass turnover on Markis McDuffie  
13:05 +3 Cane Broome made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Jenifer 36-44
12:43   Lost ball turnover on Markis McDuffie, stolen by Keith Williams  
12:37 +2 Keith Williams made driving dunk 36-46
12:11   Dexter Dennis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:09   Defensive rebound by Cane Broome  
12:00 +2 Tre Scott made layup, assist by Cane Broome 36-48
11:45 +2 Samajae Haynes-Jones made driving layup 38-48
11:30   Tre Scott missed jump shot  
11:28   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler  
11:11   Erik Stevenson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:09   Defensive rebound by Rashawn Fredericks  
11:03   Cane Broome missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:01   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler  
10:39 +2 Samajae Haynes-Jones made driving layup 40-48
10:13   Shooting foul on Erik Stevenson  
10:13 +1 Tre Scott made 1st of 2 free throws 40-49
10:13 +1 Tre Scott made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-50
9:45   Samajae Haynes-Jones missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Rashawn Fredericks  
9:43   Offensive rebound by Wichita State  
9:41   Markis McDuffie missed jump shot  
9:39   Defensive rebound by Tre Scott  
9:33 +2 Rashawn Fredericks made layup, assist by Cane Broome 40-52
9:33   Shooting foul on Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler  
9:33 +1 Rashawn Fredericks made free throw 40-53
9:19 +3 Markis McDuffie made 3-pt. fade-away jump shot 43-53
8:59   Jumpball received by Wichita State  
8:59   Lost ball turnover on Keith Williams, stolen by Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler  
8:33 +3 Dexter Dennis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jamarius Burton 46-53
8:07   Jarron Cumberland missed jump shot  
8:05   Defensive rebound by Markis McDuffie  
7:47   Offensive foul on Markis McDuffie  
7:47   Turnover on Markis McDuffie  
7:33   Jarron Cumberland missed floating jump shot  
7:31   Offensive rebound by Jarron Cumberland  
7:30   Justin Jenifer missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:28   Offensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
7:28   Personal foul on Asbjorn Midtgaard  
7:28 +1 Nysier Brooks made 1st of 2 free throws 46-54
7:28   Nysier Brooks missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:28   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler  
7:02 +2 Samajae Haynes-Jones made driving layup 48-54
6:43 +2 Nysier Brooks made layup, assist by Jarron Cumberland 48-56
6:43   Shooting foul on Dexter Dennis  
6:43   Nysier Brooks missed free throw  
6:43   Defensive rebound by Jamarius Burton  
6:34 +3 Markis McDuffie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jamarius Burton 51-56
6:09   Jarron Cumberland missed layup  
6:07   Offensive rebound by Nysier Brooks  
6:07   Shooting foul on Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler  
6:07 +1 Nysier Brooks made 1st of 2 free throws 51-57
6:07 +1 Nysier Brooks made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-58
5:39 +2 Samajae Haynes-Jones made driving layup 53-58
5:20   Shooting foul on Dexter Dennis  
5:20 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 1st of 2 free throws 53-59
5:20 +1 Jarron Cumberland made 2nd of 2 free throws 53-60
5:07   Shooting foul on Nysier Brooks  
5:07 +1 Jaime Echenique made 1st of 2 free throws 54-60
5:07 +1 Jaime Echenique made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-60
4:44