UConn bounces Hoyas out of Big East tournament

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“We miss Chris, absolutely, 100 percent, both ends of the court, in every way,” Thompson said. “The group that’s playing now, that played to today, has to be better.”

The teams were tied 15-all midway through the first half, before Roscoe Smith scored his only basket to start a 22-7 spurt for UConn. By the time Jeremy Lamb hit a 3-pointer with 3:36 left, the Huskies had pulled ahead 37-22.

The biggest problem for Georgetown in the first half was the inside play of Alex Oriakhi and Charles Okwandu, who gave the Huskies a big advantage on the glass.

It didn’t hurt that Walker was his usual dazzling self.

He got Georgetown into early foul trouble with his dribble penetration and slick ball handling, while also making things happen on defense. He blocked a shot late in the first half, gathered in the rebound and went the length of the floor for a layup and a foul.

“He has a lot of weapons,” Clark said. “I mean, you can’t guard him one-on-one. You have to have help from everybody else on the team and try to get the ball out of his hands.”

Something the Hoyas didn’t do enough.

 

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