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Cincinnati beats No. 2 Syracuse 71-68

By Jim O'connell

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 9 2012 7:52 p.m. MST

NEW YORK — Sean Kilpatrick keyed Cincinnati's early 3-point barrage and scored 18 points as the Bearcats held on for a 71-68 victory over No. 2 Syracuse on Friday night in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

The fourth-seeded Bearcats (24-9) will meet the Louisville-Notre Dame winner in Saturday night's championship game at Madison Square Garden.

To get there, they ended the 11-game winning streak of the top-seeded Orange (31-2). They did it with an incredible shooting performance over the opening 14 minutes of the game when they took a 17-point lead, and then by holding on as Syracuse was able to get within one point in the final seconds.

This was Cincinnati's seventh win over a ranked team this season, the most in the country.

Dion Waiters had 28 points for Syracuse.

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