Sunday, March 20, 2011

U.C. Exits Tournament As Walker Drops 33

It was the Kemba Walker the U.C. Bearcats feared. Walker exploded for 33 points in the Saturday night’s NCAA tournament game at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and the Connecticut Huskies huustled away with a 69-58 win. The Huskies end the season for U.C. by winning their seventh game in a row. Senior Rashad Bishop led U.C. with 22 points.
Cincinnati seized early momentum behind a hot shooting Bishop. Bishop had 10 of the Bearcats’ first 15 points after buring back to back 3-point shots. U.C. jumped out to a 17-8 lead. That lead melted away in a hurry. UConn responed with a 16-3 run to take a 24-20 lead. After the Bearcats steadied the ship, the Huskies extended the lead with a four point possession. Justin Jackson was called for a questionable flagrant foul on Walker. After Walker made both free throws Charles Okwandu hit a jumper to put the Huskies up by 9. Connecticut took a 36-28 lead to the halftime locker room behind Walker’s 15 points.
The Bearcats went toe to toe with UConn in the second half. U.C. scored the first six points before Walker made a jumper to stop the bleeding. The Bearcats eventually took the lead 43-42 with 11 minutes remaining, but the Huskies went on a run behind the play making and shooting of Walker.
U.C. finishes the season with a 26-9 record after making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005.

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