March Madness ended early for Kobe Paras and the rest of the Creighton Bluejays.
Number six seed Creighton suffered an 84-72 loss at the hands of the 11th seed Rhode Island Rams in the first round in the Midwest Region of the NCAA tournament on Friday (Saturday in Manila).
Rhode Island, who are riding an eight-game winning streak, became just the third 11th seed to advance to the second round. Jeff Dowtin had 23 points to lead the Rams.
Creighton just shot 40% from the field, while allowing Rhode Island to 44%. The Bluejays never led in the game and also turned the ball over three more times than their opponents.
— Creighton Basketball (@BluejayMBB) March 17, 2017
Ronnie Harrell topscored for the Bluejays with 15 points, to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Marcus Foster also added 15 markers but only shot 6-of-19 from the field.
Paras, who experienced March Madness for the first time in his career, played two minutes in garbage time, with the game already decided.
He scored three points, on a triple at the 1:42 mark of the second half. He also had one rebound.
Thank you to all blue jay fans that have been there for us through thick and thin!
I'm already looking forward to next season.#GoJays
— Kobe | KoKo Wave (@_kokoparas) March 18, 2017