7:15 PM ET, March 24, 2011
Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kemba Walker sliced up San Diego State's defense for 22 points on shots from all angles and distances in the second half of Connecticut's West regional semifinal.
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• Connecticut advances to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2009 after earning its first win in the Sweet 16 as the lower seed.
• Kemba Walker tied a school record for most points in an NCAA tournament game with 36, and Jeremy Lamb tied a career-high with 24 points.
• The Huskies shot 50 percent from 3-point range (8-16), marking the fifth time this season the team shot 50 percent or better from 3. UConn has won all five of those games.
• San Diego State, playing in its first Sweet 16 game, was led by D.J. Gay, who finished with a team-high 16 points.
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Walker Ties UConn Tournament Record
Kemba Walker's 36 points tied a UConn record in the NCAA tournament.
|Kemba Walker||36||2011 Sweet 16*|
|Ben Gordon||36||2004 Elite 8*|
|Ray Allen||36||1995 Elite 8|
|Caron Butler||34||2002 Rd. of 32*|
|*Connecticut won game|
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||27-57 (.474)||27-64 (.422)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-16 (.500)||7-22 (.318)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-16 (.750)||6-13 (.462)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||16 (0/0)||14 (2/0)|
|» Mar 24, 2011||CONN 74, @SDSU 67||Recap|
From Elias: Since the NCAA began keeping assists officially in 1983, there are just 3 players to average 25-5-5 in a single tournament, with Kemba Walker being the 3rd:[+]
25 PPG, 5 APG, 5 RPG - Men's Basketball Championship History
Both Connecticut's Kemba Walker and BYU's Jimmer Fredette surpassed the 30-point mark in their Sweet 16 games on Thursday. However, Walker had more points, a better shooting percentage from the field and a greater percentage of his team's points on the night than Fredette. Walker's UConn team also won its game over San Diego State, while Fredette's BYU team had its season ended with an overtime loss to Florida.[+]
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