Saturday, March 28, 2009. (AP) -- 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 East's 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. They're 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 couldn't match the muscular Huskies on the boards.
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