Saint Joseph's edges Cincinnati 78-76 in NCAA tourney opener
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Isaiah Miles sank a 3-pointer with 9 seconds left to lift Saint Joseph's to a 78-76 win over Cincinnati in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday after a dunk at the buzzer by the Bearcats was waved off.
Octavius Ellis appeared to tie the game with his dunk as time expired, but officials after a lengthy review determined that the shot came too late.
DeAndre Bembry scored 23 points and Miles finished with 19 to lead eighth-seeded Saint Joseph's (28-7). Twenty of Bembry's points were in the first half.
Jacob Evans scored 26 points to lead ninth-seeded Cincinnati (22-11).
Saint Joseph's will play top-seeded Oregon in the second round on Sunday. Oregon beat Holy Cross 91-52 earlier Friday.