Kemba Walker And UConn Beat Syracuse, 76-71

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Syracuse Basketball Score And Reaction: UConn Basketball's Kemba Walker Is Really Good

Syracuse basketball fans now know how Cincinnati, UConn, Georgetown and Pittsburgh felt after the 2006 Big East Tournament.

The comparison cannot be far off as the No. 9-seed Connecticut Huskies used a 32-point,12-rebound, 6-steal, 5-assist performance from junior guard Kemba Walker to beat No. 4 Syracuse Orange, 76-71, in overtime Friday night in the semifinals of the 2011 Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. In four days, Walker has scored 26, 28, 24 and 32 points, respectively. (I did mention that Walker would need 30-plus to defeat SU.)

Walker was fantastic in the Huskies (No. 21 in the AP poll and No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) fourth win in four days, which ties the record-setting performance of the ‘06 Syracuse squad that won the program’s fifth tournament title. The 6-foot-1 guard from the Bronx, NY made every clutch fade-away shot, free throw (13-of-14 overall and 4-of-4 in OT), steal, and play, while making it look easy against a 2-3 zone defense that shuts down (and has) players like No. 15.

Syracuse’s loss was what it was: A good team being beat by a great player. Nothing more, nothing less.

It was good to see red-shirt senior Scoop Jardine nail two clutch 3-pointers at the end of regulation to tie the game, 68-68, and send it into OT. It was nice to see the Orange (26-7) competing without sophomore guard Brandon Triche, who played himself into Jim Boeheim’s dog house Friday night. It was nice to see another solid Big East Conference Tournament game (this event never disappoints).

UConn (25-9) is riding Walker like SU rode guard Gerry McNamara in 2006. Orange supporters may hate it now, but will respect it Sunday morning when UConn wins its seventh Big East Tournament title.

Make sure to check out SB Nation New York’s Selection Sunday coverage of Syracuse University and the rest of the Big East Conference.

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Syracuse Basketball Score And Reaction: UConn Basketball's Kemba Walker Is Really Good

Syracuse basketball fans now know how Cincinnati, UConn, Georgetown and Pittsburgh felt after the 2006 Big East Tournament.

The comparison cannot be far off as the No. 9-seed Connecticut Huskies used a 32-point,12-rebound, 6-steal, 5-assist performance from junior guard Kemba Walker to beat No. 4 Syracuse Orange, 76-71, in overtime Friday night in the semifinals of the 2011 Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. In four days, Walker has scored 26, 28, 24 and 32 points, respectively. (I did mention that Walker would need 30-plus to defeat SU.)

Walker was fantastic in the Huskies (No. 21 in the AP poll and No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) fourth win in four days, which ties the record-setting performance of the ‘06 Syracuse squad that won the program’s fifth tournament title. The 6-foot-1 guard from the Bronx, NY made every clutch fade-away shot, free throw (13-of-14 overall and 4-of-4 in OT), steal, and play, while making it look easy against a 2-3 zone defense that shuts down (and has) players like No. 15.

Syracuse’s loss was what it was: A good team being beat by a great player. Nothing more, nothing less.

It was good to see red-shirt senior Scoop Jardine nail two clutch 3-pointers at the end of regulation to tie the game, 68-68, and send it into OT. It was nice to see the Orange (26-7) competing without sophomore guard Brandon Triche, who played himself into Jim Boeheim’s dog house Friday night. It was nice to see another solid Big East Conference Tournament game (this event never disappoints).

UConn (25-9) is riding Walker like SU rode guard Gerry McNamara in 2006. Orange supporters may hate it now, but will respect it Sunday morning when UConn win its seventh Big East Tournament Title.

Make sure to check out SB Nation New York’s Selection Sunday coverage of Syracuse University and the rest of the Big East Conference.

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Big East Tournament 2011 Scores and Results: Kemba Walker And UConn Beat Syracuse, 76-71

History is one game away from the No. 9-seeded Connecticut Huskies, who defeated the No. 4 Syracuse Orange, 76-71, in a 2011 Big East Tournament semifinal game at Madison Square Garden. The Huskies (No. 21 in the AP poll and No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) used an amazing 32-point, 12-rebound, 6-steal and 5-assist performance from junior guard Kemba Walker and an extra five minutes (overtime) to tie a Big East Tournament record of winning four games in four day to advance to the finals to play either No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish or No. 3 Louisville Cardinals.  Notre Dame and Louisville play each other in Friday's nightcap on ESPN.

Walker scored four points in OT, made 13-of-14 from the free-throw line (4-of-4 in OT) and hit clutch shot after clutch shot for the Huskies (25-9), who will try for their recording tying seventh Big East Tournament title (Georgetown has seven) on Saturday night (9 p.m. on ESPN). UConn will also try to break the tournament record of winning four games in four days by winning five in five for the championship -- the Huskies have defeated DePaul, Georgetown, Pittsburgh and now SU (26-7), which won the 2006 championship in record-setting fashion.

However, UConn's improbable run almost ended after the Orange (No. 11 in both polls), who trailed by six points, 68-62, with 28 second remaining in regulation, tied the game at 68 with six second to go -- red-shirt senior Scoop Jardine nailed two 3-pointers in the closing seconds. The Huskies' last-second desperation play failed and the game headed into overtime.

From there, SU made just one field goal in OT, while UConn used four free-throws from Walker and two jumpers from freshman forward Jeremy Lamb to ice the contest.

Jardine and junior forward Kris Joseph each finished with a team-best 20 points for SU, which had a three-game winning streak against UConn and its current six-game winning streak snapped. Senior forward Rick Jackson added 12 points and eight rebounds.

Sophomore forward Alex Oriakhi chipped in with 15 points and 11 rebounds for UConn, which made 22-of-28 (78.6 percent) from the free throw line. Syracuse made just 5-of-11 (45.5) from the charity stripe, including going 1-for-4 in OT.

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Big East Tournament 2011 Scores: UConn Leads Syracuse, 26-25, At Halftime

Junior guard Kemba Walker has scored a team-best 10 points for the No. 9-seeded Connecticut Huskies, who claim a 26-25 halftime lead over No. 4 seeded Syracuse Orange in a 2011 Big East Tournament semifinal contest at Madison Square Garden. The winner advances to play in the finals against No. 2 Notre Dame or No. 3 Louisville Cardinals, who play each other in the nightcap (9 p.m. on ESPN).

Freshman forward Tyler Olander has chipped in with seven points and four rebounds for UConn (No. 21 in the AP poll and No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll), who trailed 10-4 early in the first half, but used a 13-4 run to take a 17-16 advantage with 7:30 to go. From there, Syracuse (No. 11 in both college basketball polls) managed to keep it close and trial by just one point heading into the locker room.

Sophomore center Alex Oriakhi has chipped in with five point and five rebounds for UConn, which advanced to the semis with a 76-74, buzzer-beating victory over top-seeded Pittsburgh Panthers Thursday.

For Syracuse (26-6), Joseph finished the half with a team-best eight points, while red-shirt senior Scoop Jardine has five points. Sophomore guard Brandon Triche has just three points on 1-of-7 shooting for the Orange, who defeated No. 5 St. John's Red Storm, 79-73, in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

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