GLENDALE, Ariz. Freshman Kemba Walker scored 23 points as Connecticut held off Missouri 82-75 on Saturday to earn a trip to the Final Four and extend the Big Easts dominance of the NCAA tournament.
The top-seeded Huskies blew an early 11-point lead but survived against the frenetic third-seeded Tigers, who were denied their first Final Four berth.
A.J. Price added 18 points for the Huskies (31-4), who clinched the victory by going 10-for-10 from the line in the final 1:02. Theyre still in the hunt for their third national title the first two went through regionals in Phoenix in 1999 and 2004.
Leo Lyons and Matt Lawrence each had 13 points for Missouri (31-7), which overcame an early 13-2 deficit but couldnt match the muscular Huskies on the boards.