Final OT

(5) Washington 92

(26-7, 13-5 Pac-12)

(1) Connecticut 98

(30-3, 14-2 Big East)

    9:57 PM ET, March 24, 2006

    Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

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    #5WASH 45 37 1092
    #1CONN 40 42 1698

    Top Performers

    Washington: J. Williams 27 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk

    Connecticut: M. Williams 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl

    Connecticut hopes for easier NCAA victory vs. Washington

    No. 5 Washington (26-6) vs. No. 1 Connecticut (29-3) 9:57 pm EST

    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Ticker) -- Connecticut is back in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time. However, the Huskies have not looked too impressive getting there.

    Top-seeded Connecticut tries to put together a complete 40-minute effort and advance to the regional finals for the eighth time when it faces Washington in the Washington D.C. Region on Friday.

    On its way to leading the nation in blocked shots for the fifth straight year, Connecticut also has ranked among the country's best in rebound margin (10.0), scoring margin (15.4) and field goal percentage (47.2).

    After a surprising loss to Syracuse in the quarterfinals of the Big East Conference Tournament, Connecticut has shown some vulnerability in its last two contests.

    Connecticut needed to mount a second-half rally to avoid becoming the first team to lose to a 16th-seed in last Friday's 72-59 win over Albany.

    Marcus Williams scored 20 points and Rudy Gay added 19 for Connecticut, which had to hold off a late comeback charge by Kentucky in Sunday's 87-83 triumph.

    Washington has won 10 of 11 games to reach its seventh regional semifinals. Last season, it was eliminated by Louisville in this round.

    Brandon Roy scored 28 points and Washington set an NCAA Tournament record with 11 steals in Thursday's 75-61 win over Utah State.

    Two days later, Roy scored 21 points and Justin Dentmon added 13 as Washington rallied from an 11-point second-half deficit to post a 67-64 triumph over Illinois.

    Connecticut has won both prior meetings against Washington, including a 75-74 victory in the 1998 regional semifinals in one of the event's most memorable finishes. Current Detroit Pistons star Richard Hamilton made a fallaway jumper in the lane to end it.

    The winner faces either George Mason or Wichita State on Sunday.


    School Info

    Conference Pac-12 American
    Nickname Huskies Huskies
    Type Public Public


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