HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun opened the game with a technical foul and West Virginia’s Bob Huggins ended it with two.

Kemba Walker scored 21 points, including three free throws after Huggins’ last-minute technicals, to lead UConn over the eighth-ranked Mountaineers 73-62 on Monday night, the Huskies’ third win this season over a top-10 team.

Jerome Dyson added 17 points and Stanley Robinson had 15 points and 13 rebounds for UConn (17-11, 7-8 Big East), which has won three straight to keep its NCAA tournament hopes alive.

”That was an incredibly physical game, as most Big East games are,” Calhoun said. ”But we stuck in the fight and made some big plays and were able to win the game.”

The Huskies are 3-1 since Calhoun returned from a medical leave of absence. Connecticut was 3-4 during the 23 days he was gone.

Devin Ebanks had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead West Virginia (21-6, 10-5), which had to finish the game without Huggins, who was ejected in the final minute.

UConn led by as many as 15 points in the first half and by nine at halftime after outrebounding the Mountaineers, 21-11.

Calhoun called the game, in which 46 personal fouls were called, a ”street fight.”

UConn was 30 of 42 from the free throw line, including a 14-of-17 effort by Walker.

West Virginia was 12 of 23 from the free-throw line and hit just four of 18 shots from 3-point range.

”We shot four free throws in the first half and two of those were technicals,” Huggins said, referring to the technical called against Calhoun 47 seconds into the game. ”We weren’t trying to foul. They shoot 42, we shoot 23. You can’t win.”


(1) KANSAS 81, OKLAHOMA 68: Xavier Henry scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half and Kansas (27-1, 13-0 Big 12) clinched at least a share of its sixth straight Big 12 regular-season title with a win over visiting Oklahoma (13-14, 4-9).

The Jayhawks built a 17-point lead in the first half and shot 51 percent overall.


(4) TENNESSEE 70, (20) LSU 61: Kelley Cain scored 16 points and set a school record with 12 blocks to help Tennessee (25-2, 13-1 SEC) beat LSU (18-8, 7-7) at Knoxville, Tenn.

Alyssia Brewer led the Volunteers with 18 points as they grabbed a share of the SEC regular-season title.


(9) FLORIDA STATE 59, (21) VIRGINIA 58: Jacinta Monroe made two free throws with 5.9 seconds remaining as Florida State (24-4, 10-2 ACC) got past Virginia (20-7, 8-4) at Charlottesville, Va.

The loss ended a five-game winning streak for Virginia, which rallied from a 57-50 deficit to go ahead by a point on Monica Wright’s layup off a steal by Chelsea Shine with 25 seconds left.


(17) BAYLOR 65, (12) TEXAS A&M 63: Brittney Griner had 22 points, including the go-ahead basket, and a season-high 21 rebounds as Baylor (20-7, 7-6 Big 12) knocked off Texas A&M (19-7, 7-6) at College Station, Texas.


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