Kemba Walker has done it time and time again and today was no different. He was only 8-22 from the floor, but when it was time to step up and make clutch shots, he did. He did it against Texas and Villanova just to name a few, and today he made Gary McGhee and the Panthers his latest victim.
With seconds remaining, Walker used a high ball-screen that forced the Panthers to switch defenders leaving McGhee at bay. Walker went “AND1″ on him and crossed him up, causing McGhee to fall to the floor which left a wide open jumper for Walker that he drained for his 24th point.
When Pitt defeated the Huskies on December 27, Walker tried to steal the show shooting 27 times. Nobody scored in double-figures in that game. Today was different, though. They recieved double-digit efforts from four Huskies including Jeremy Lamb with 17, Alex Oriakhi with 13 and Shabazz Napier with 10.
The Panthers were led by Ashton Gibbs who scored 27 points. Brad Wanamaker scored 17 points and collected 5 rebounds. McGhee played only 18 minutes because of foul trouble. He only grabbed two rebounds and scored one point. With McGhee in foul trouble, the Huskies out-rebounded the Panthers 27-24.
The win gives UCONN three wins in three days. They will await the winner of Syracuse/St. Johns.
The loss leaves the Panthers hoping for a number one seed which they deserve for their full body of work. Panthers fans need to see Notre Dame or Duke lose in their tournaments to be certain they will recieve a number one seed.
About the Author
Written by Justin Welton
Born in Franklin, PA. Life-long Pittsburgh sports fan + Boston Celtics. Attending Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Working for WCUC - 91.7 and WCUB-TV. Clarion Call writer for two years.