Kemba Walker celebrates his game-winning shot against Pitt on Thursday that sends UConn into the Big East semifinals. (STEPHEN DUNN, HARTFORD COURANT /March 10, 2011)
NEW YORK –—
erased a 12-point deficit and took a one-point lead on two Kemba Walker free throws with 6.1 seconds remaining in the first half, but Travon Woodall beat the buzzer to give top-seeded Pittsburgh and 41-40 halftime lead over the ninth-seeded Huskies today in a Big East
tournament quarterfinal at Madison Square Garden
Ninth-seeded UConn was overwhelmed early. Pittsburgh, so strong and so precise, got 11 early points from Ashton Gibbs and built leads of 20-8 and 35-23.
But Shabazz Napier
made a three-pointer to spark a 10-2 run that pulled UConn to 37-33. And after a Gilbert Brown
jump shot pushed the lead to six, the Huskies scored the next seven points, finally taking the lead on Kemba Walker's two free throws.
Walker had 13 points in the half and Jeremy Lamb
Gibbs had 16 for Pitt, and Gilbert Brown and Nasir Robinson seven apiece.
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