Thursday, March 10, 2011

College basketball: UConn stuns Pitt on last-second shot

Kemba Walker hit the winning basket on a classic stepback jumper at the buzzer, and No. 21 Connecticut stunned third-ranked Pittsburgh 76-74 in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament in New York on Thursday.

Walker got the ball at the top of the key with 15 seconds left, allowed the clock to melt under five, then made a move toward the basket. He used a crossover and shoulder roll to dump his defender, 6-foot-10 Gary McGhee, right to the ground, then calmly drained the shot to oust the Panthers (27-5).

The Huskies (24-9) will face No. 4 seed Syracuse in the semifinals Friday night.


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