Star point guard Kemba Walker scored 33 points to lead the 3rd-seeded Connecticut Huskies to a 69-58 victory over 6th-seeded Cincinnati in a West Region NCAA tournament game Saturday night at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Walker, a national player of the year candidate, scored inside and out, hitting three 3-pointers and making all 14 of his free throw attempts, most of them after driving into the lane.  Walker also grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists.

Walker outplayed his counterpart, Bearcats point guard Cashmere Wright, who scored just eight points and had six assists.

Jeremy Lamb added 14 points for UConn (28-9), and Huskies center Alex Oriakhi grabbed 11 rebounds and helped neutralize Cincinnati’s strong front line.

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