No. 9 Connecticut 79, No. 8 Georgetown 62
Records: Connecticut (23-9); Georgetown (21-10)
Connecticut advances to face No. 1-seeded Pittsburgh in the quarterfinal round of the BIG EAST Championship. The Huskies are 3-3 against the Panthers in BIG EAST Championship play, with the last three meetings coming in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 finals.
Connecticut won its first back-to-back games in the BIG EAST Championship since the 2004 tournament, when the Huskies won the title.
Connecticut improved to 31-25 all-time in BIG EAST Championship play.
Connecticut’s bench outscored Georgetown’s by a 26-5 margin.
Connecticut’s Kemba Walker scored a game-high 28 points, giving him an average of 27.0 points in two games of the 2011 Championship.
Connecticut is the first No. 9 seed to win its first two games of the BIG EAST Championship in the tournament’s current 16-team format, which has been in place since 2009. The Huskies are the first No. 9 seed to win their first two games since Syracuse won the 2006 title from the No. 9 spot.
Connecticut improved to 4-1 all-time against No. 8-seeded teams in the BIG EAST Championship.
Georgetown lost in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship for just the third time in 11 games.
The Hoyas fell to 49-25 all-time in the BIG EAST Championship.
Hollis Thompson, Austin Freeman and Jason Clark accounted for 53 of Georgetown’s 62 points.