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No. 15 Cincinnati wins share of AAC title, Kilpatrick scores 24 in 70-66 win over Rutgers

Cincinnati  forward Justin Jackson (5) takes a shot past Rutgers forward Wally Judge (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Cincinnati forward Justin Jackson (5) takes a shot past Rutgers forward Wally Judge (33) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)  (The Associated Press)

Sean Kilpatrick scored 24 points and No. 15 Cincinnati clinched at least a share of the American Athletic Conference regular-season title with a tough 70-66 win over Rutgers on Saturday.

Kilpatrick converted a three-point play and drove the lane for a layup in the final 68 seconds as the Bearcats (26-5, 15-3) rallied from a late deficit against the Scarlet Knights (11-20, 5-13).

Justin Jackson had given Cincinnati a 65-64 lead with 1:46 to play, scoring underneath after Kadeem Jack blocked his original shot in the paint.

Kilpatrick pushed the lead to four points with his back-door layup and free throw. The senior closed out the scoring with 17 seconds to play after Kerwin Okoro scored on a goaltending call against Jackson.

No. 11 Louisville can tie Cincinnati for the conference title if it beats Connecticut.