Connecticut Outlasts Cincinnati 69-58

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WASHINGTON -- Kemba Walker scored 33 points and the supposedly powerful Big East finally advanced a team to the NCAA tournament's round of 16 on Saturday night when Connecticut beat conference foe Cincinnati 69-58.

Walker scored 16 points over the final 10 minutes as UConn ended the game with a 24-13 run.

The Huskies (27-9), the No. 3 seed in the West regional, advance to play No. 2 seed San Diego State in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday.

Rashad Bishop scored 22 points for the sixth-seeded Bearcats (26-8).

Cincinnati become the seventh of the Big East's record 11 NCAA tournament teams to be eliminated. Another one will exit Sunday when Marquette plays Syracuse in the East regional.

The game marked the first time in NCAA history two teams from the same conference have met this early in the tournament.

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