(Sports Network) - Kemba Walker finished with 19 points and came up big in the final minute, as 21st-ranked Connecticut pulled out a 69-66 win over No. 14 Louisville to complete its long road to the Big East Tournament championship.
The Huskies won five games in five days to capture their seventh tourney title, matching Georgetown for most all-time. They opened with victories over DePaul and the Hoyas before taking down top-seeded Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals.
An overtime win against Syracuse on Friday put the Huskies (26-9) in the title game, and they prevailed thanks to their star guard, who assisted on Jeremy Lamb's go-ahead basket with 33.4 seconds left and followed with two key free throws.
Lamb finished with 13 points and seven rebounds for UConn.
The Cardinals (25-9) erased a double-digit first half deficit, but weren't able to win the title for the second time in three years. Preston Knowles had 18 points to lead Louisville, though missed a pair of potential game-tying three-pointers in the final moments.