Men's NCAA tournament roundup: Rhode Island upsets Creighton

A look at Rhode Island-Creighton in the NCAA Tournament - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

Rhode Island advances to play OR on Sunday.

In one moment that perfectly captured what Dan Hurley has worked so hard to build, Martin pulled his arms around teammates in a close-knit huddle during the second half to keep the Rams together.

MATTHEWS' COMEBACK: Atlantic 10 championship Most Outstanding Player E.C. Matthews got another shot this season after losing a year ago to a torn ACL in his right knee - and he is ready to help the program do something special after such a long wait. "They're not beating their chests, and they're very humble and very team-oriented".

Louisville 78, Jacksonville State 63 • Mangok Mathiang scored 18 points and Deng Adel added 16 to help second-seeded Louisville pull away from Jacksonville State in Indianapolis.

The most emphatic response by the Rams came as the clock dipped under six minutes.

The Rams quickly reclaimed the lead on a jumper by Martin.

Freshman Jeff Dowtin scored a game- and career-high 23 points in the win. It's the first time all season that Dowtin led the team in scoring.

Creighton has had a rough few weeks, losing five of their last nine games to fall to 25-9 on the season.

The Rams made a lot of free throws, too.

"I didn't think I was going to have a good offensive night I thought I was going to have a good defensive night", said Iverson, who motioned to the crowd after hitting a three with five minutes left.

DUKE 87, TROY 65: Grayson Allen had 21 points off five 3-pointers, Jayson Tatum added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Duke (29-7), the ACC tournament victor, continued its flawless postseason by beating Troy (22-15) at Greenville, South Carolina.

Juwan Evans scored 23 points to lead the 10th-seeded Cowboys (20-13), who finished the season with four consecutive losses. Seven foot center Justin Patton has given the team some help inside (13.1 ppg), and it helps that this team ranks 10th nationally in assists per game (17.3) and 19th in points per game (82.1). The Bluejays shot 40 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range. "They never stop playing". The Rams are finally fully healthy, and this looks like the best URI team since Lamar Odom was in uniform the last time they went to the tournament back in 1999. The 2017 Rams have started to make a similar mark.

"It was a vacation-type trip for him", Hurley said.

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