By MIKE ANTHONY
1:03 PM EST, March 10, 2011
NEW YORK –
UConn 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 eight.
Gibbs had 16 for Pitt, and Gilbert Brown and Nasir Robinson seven apiece.
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