One of these days, maybe UConn and Syracuse can finish their Big East tournament game on regulation. Almost years to the day after a six-overtime Syracuse win in the longest game in Big East history, Connecticut won a semifinal game Friday night in just one extra period, 76-71.
Kemba Walker was dominant, scoring a game-high 33 and shooting 13-of-14 from the free-throw line to continue a stellar tournament run in which he's scored 111 points. Walker also had a game-high 12 rebounds.
Alex Orakhi and Jeremy Lamb were also in double digits for UConn, with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Oriakhi had 11 rebounds.
Syracuse almost didn't get to overtime, but Scoop Jardine hit two clutch three-point shots in the last 20 seconds of the game and ended up tied with Kris Joseph for the team lead in scoring, with 20 points. Free throws helped kill the Orange, who went 1-4 from the line in overtime, including missing the front end of two one-and-ones. Syracuse only made 45.5 percent of its free throws on the game.
The Huskies will face the winner of the Notre Dame-Louisville semifinal game, which begins shortly