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No. 8 Creighton falls to No. 9 Kansas State 69-59 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

Creighton falls to No. 9 Kansas State
Posted at 8:03 PM, Mar 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-17 13:40:42-04

The Creighton men's basketball team had its season come to an end as the Jays fell to Kansas State 69-59 in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. 

The Bluejays trailed the Wildcats the entire game, Kansas State held a 32-26 point lead at the half. The Wildcats held Creighton's Marcus Foster to zero points in the first half, marking the first time Foster has had a scoreless first half this season. At half, Creighton's Davion Mintz led the Bluejays with 8 points while Mitch Ballock followed with 7 points.

Kansas State's freshman Mike McGuirl stepped into the light to bring the Wildcats to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. McGuirl finished with a season-high of 17 points in the Wildcats 69-59 win. Previous to Friday's game, McGuirl had a season-high of 5 points and a total of 9 points for the season. 

Creighton's Ballock was the Bluejays' leading scorer with 16 points while Hegner added 12 points. Mintz also finished in double-figures with 10 points.

Creighton finished the season 21-12 and 10-8 BIG EAST.

No. 9 Kansas State advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they will face No. 1 Virginia Sunday, March 18th.