After getting shut down much of the night, Jodie Meeks converted a three-point play with 10.6 seconds left to give Kentucky a 65-63 victory over Creighton in the second round of the NIT on Monday night.
The Wildcats (22-13) advanced to a quarterfinal game at Notre
Dame on Wednesday. The Bluejays, who came in off wins in 12 of
their past 13 games, finished the season 27-8.
Kentucky played from behind most of the night but found
themselves in position to win after Justin Carter missed two free
throws with 36.4 seconds left.
Meeks, held in check by P'Allen Stinnett and Antoine Young for
long stretches, blew past Stinnett on his way to the basket and got
fouled by Carter. After he made the free throw for a two-point
lead, Booker Woodfox missed what would have been the winning
3-pointer just before the buzzer.
Meeks led the Wildcats with 16 points, Perry Stevenson added 13
points and 10 rebounds and Patrick Patterson had 12 points.
Woodfox had 18 points, Stinnett 15 and Kenny Lawson 12. Carter
had eight points and a career-high 14 rebounds.