FORT WORTH, Texas – Remy Martin scored 20 points, Ochai Agbaji definitely outscored Kansas with his first basket early in the second half and the Jayhawks held Creighton 79-72 on Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16.
Martin hadn’t led Kansas (30-6) in scoring all season, as the Arizona state’s fifth-year senior transfer struggled with a sore knee, but he did in both NCAA Tournament games.
The Bluejays (23-12) stayed close with an unusually hot performance from the 3-point range. One of the worst teams in the country beyond the arc, the ninth seed Creighton was 12 of 28.
The biggest was rookie Trey Alexander, who made an imbalance from far behind the line when the shot clock was about to expire. Keyshawn Feazell’s free kick went just wide of the post in the last two minutes.
The Bluejays had a chance to take the lead, but Alexander O’Connell’s free kick went just wide of the post.
Arthur Kaluma scored 24, reaching 4 of 10 from afar for the Bluejays.
Creighton, who reached the Sweet 16 last year, had just six players in his rotation after losing 7-foot Ryan Kalkbrenner to a knee injury at the end of overtime with a 72-69 victory over San Diego State on Thursday.
Ryan Hawkins drew a triple from far behind the arc in 13 seconds of play and finished 3 of 6 from distance with 14 points. O’Connell was 3 out of 8 and scored 16. Alexander finished with 14.
Martin, the brave 6-foot guard who scored 15 on a Texas Southern hit in the first half, had 16 in the first half from the bench, then helped the Jayhawks stay ahead.
Christian Braun scored 13 for the Jayhawks, including a big 3 that was the only one in the game in the second half.
Creighton: The Bluejays would not leave in the second half despite having three players on the court for 40 minutes and another for 38. They were unable to take the lead within six points for a long stretch of the second half before the end. wave that gave them a chance to pull off the discomfort.
Kansas: Kansas tied Kentucky in historic wins and 30-win seasons. Each historical program has 2,353 wins and 16 seasons with 30 wins. The milestones came two days after Kentucky lost to Saint Peter’s 85-79 in overtime as the second favorite in the Eastern Region.
Kansas plays Richmond or Providence in his 32º Sweet 16.
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Martin, Kansas holds Creighton 79-72 for another Sweet 16
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