No. 9 Connecticut 97, No. 16 DePaul 71
Records: Connecticut (22-9); DePaul (7-24)
Connecticut advances to face No. 8-seeded Georgetown in Wednesday’s BIG EAST Championship second round. The Huskies defeated the Hoyas 78-70 Feb. 16 in the only regular-season meeting between the teams.
Connecticut snapped a six-game losing streak in BIG EAST Championship play. The win was the Huskies’ first in the tournament since a 66-62 victory against Georgetown in the quarterfinals of the 2005 championship.
Connecticut forward Alex Oriakhi had 13 points and 19 rebounds, matching Travis Knight for the most rebound by a Huskies player in BIG EAST Championship history. Knight had 19 rebounds against Seton Hall March 7, 1996.
Oriakhi’s 19 rebounds rank seventh on the BIG EAST Championship single-game chart. It is the best rebounding total by a player in the BIG EAST Championship since Paul Harris of Syracuse had 22 rebounds against Connecticut in a 127-117 six-overtime win March 12, 2009.
Connecticut guard Jeremy Lamb scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half.
Connecticut improved to 30-25 all-time in BIG EAST Championship play.
Today’s game was Connecticut’s first in the BIG EAST Championship against a No. 16-seeded team.
After scoring 26 points against DePaul, Kemba Walker moved into sixth place on Connecticut’s single-season scoring chart (720 points).
DePaul had 10 steals, the most by the Blue Demons in a BIG EAST Championship game. The previous high was six steals against Providence March 11, 2009.
DePaul is now 1-2 as the No. 16 seed in the BIG EAST Championship. The Blue Demons defeated Cincinnati 67-57 March 10, 2009 as the No. 16 seed and fell to USF 58-49 March 9, 2010.