Connecticut Advances Past DePaul

NEW YORK -- Kemba Walker scored 26 points and Connecticut (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) won a Big East tournament game for the first time in six years, beating DePaul 97-71 on Tuesday in the opener of a conference showcase loaded with NCAA contenders. Jeremy Lamb, playing on a sore knee, had 17 of his 19 points in the first half for the Huskies (22-9), who got back on track after losing four of their final five regular-season games. No. 9 seed UConn advanced to play Wednesday against No. 22 Georgetown, the No. 8 seed at Madison Square Garden. The Huskies had lost six straight Big East tournament games since beating Georgetown in the 2005 quarterfinals, a surprising streak for a school that has won two national championships and six Big East tourney titles under Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun.