12:00 PM ET, March 8, 2011
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
NEW YORK -- Hard to believe Connecticut had gone six years since its last victory at the Big East tournament.Kemba Walker and the Huskies stopped that skid against an overmatched opponent.The star guard scored 26 points and UConn (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) won a Big East tournament game for the first time since 2005, beating DePaul 97-71 on Tuesday in the opener of a conference showcase loaded with NCAA contenders."We had a nice bounce-back game," Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said. "We're happy to get a win. It's been a while."Jeremy Lamb, playing on a sore knee, had 17 of his 19 points in the first half for the 21st-ranked Huskies (22-9), who got back on track after losing four of their final five regular-season games. No. 9 seed UConn advanced to play Wednesday against No. 22 Georgetown, the No. 8 seed at Madison Square Garden.
• Connecticut earned its first win in the Big East tournament since 2005.
• The 97 points scored by Connecticut are the most in a Big East tournament game since scoring 117 points in the six-overtime loss to Syracuse in 2009.
• Five players scored in double figures for the Huskies, including a game-high 26 points from Kemba Walker.
• Despite winning by 26 points, Connecticut struggled with turnovers as the team had a season-high 20 turnovers.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-67 (.343)||33-55 (.600)|
|3P Made-Attempted||9-24 (.375)||2-8 (.250)|
|FT Made-Attempted||16-21 (.762)||29-32 (.906)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||24 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|