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Walker, UConn Snap GTown Win Streak

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

Georgetown’s eight-game win streak was no match for Kemba Walker on Wednesday, as the junior guard had 31 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists in Connecticut’s 78-70 victory.

The Huskies fell behind late, but closed the game on a 9-0 run. Aside from Walker, doing the damage during that run was Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, who has 23 points. The sophomore forward was coming off a season-high 25 points in his last game.

But the story once again was Walker, who was able to get to the hole at will against the Hoyas. The game was his seventh 30-point performance of the season but his first since Jan. 15. Walker, who led the nation in scoring for several weeks, saw his scoring average dip to 22.8 ppg before Wednesday.

And what really had people talking after the game was his dazzling trick shot.

From TheDay.com:

With the shot clock winding down early in the second half, Walker was stationed at the top of the key. He used a pump-fake, slipped past Georgetown’s Henry Sims, threw the ball off the backboard, raced in and caught the ball, and then completed the spectacular play by scoring from close range.

“It was the only thing there at the time, so I took it,” Walker said.

The win for the Huskies further crowds the Big East. While Pittsburgh and Notre Dame sit comfortably on top of the conference, Connecticut and Georgetown are two of six teams separated by one game in the race for third place. Two of those teams will get double-byes in the conference tournament, making these final two-and-a-half weeks crucial and fun to watch.

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