7:00 PM ET, November 23, 2010
Lahaina Civic Center, Maui, Hawaii
Kemba Walker's 30 points power Huskies past second-ranked Spartans
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun joked last week that he still didn't know all his players' names, much less how good they're going to be.After knocking out a heavyweight in a championship-caliber bout, he -- and everyone else, for that matter -- should know these young Huskies are for real.Trading blows in the first half and big shots in the second, Connecticut solidified its return to elite-program status by knocking off No. 2 Michigan State 70-67 in a physical Maui Invitational semifinal on Tuesday.
Huskies Riding Walker
• Kemba Walker scored a game-high 30 points to lead the Huskies into the championship game of the Maui Invitational.
• It was Walker's third straight 30-point game. The last UConn player to have three 30-point games in a season was Ben Gordon (2003-04).
• Walker is the third player in team history to score 30 or more in three straight games along with Bob Boyd (1969-70) and Wes Bialosuknia (1966-67).
• Walker and teammate Alex Oriakhi combined to shoot 17-34 (50.0 pct) while the rest of the team was 8-26 (30.8 pct).
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||25-62 (.403)||23-57 (.404)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-24 (.250)||6-17 (.353)|
|FT Made-Attempted||14-24 (.583)||15-20 (.750)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||20 (0/0)|
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Kemba Walker is the first player to score 30+ points in 3 straight games under coach Jim Calhoun, and is just the 3rd UConn player in the last 50 seasons to score 30+ points in 3 straight games. The others were Bob Boyd in the 1969-70 season and Wes Bialosuknia in the 1966-67 season.
ESPN Stats & Information