Connecticut travels familiar path in win

March 7, 2012 12:00 am

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NEW YORK -- Connecticut's start to the 2012 Big East tournament looked a lot like the way the Huskies began last year's incredible run that ended with a conference title and a national championship.

Coach Jim Calhoun was on the sideline again, just eight days after undergoing back surgery. The Huskies, again the tournament's ninth seed, had a guard leading the way, but this time it was Jeremy Lamb, not Kemba Walker, who led Connecticut against 16th-seeded DePaul.

Lamb scored 25 points and Ryan Boatright added 19 to lead Connecticut to an 81-67 victory against the Blue Demons Tuesday in the opening round of the Big East tournament.

Calhoun missed eight games late in the season after being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, and the Huskies won only three of those.

The ninth-seeded Huskies (19-12) will play eighth-seeded West Virginia in the second round today at Madison Square Garden.

Cleveland Melvin and Moses Morgan had 19 points for the 16th-seeded Blue Demons (12-19).

Other game

• Seton Hall 79, Providence 47: Jordan Theodore put on a show of slick passing and Seton Hall (20-11) routed Providence (15-17) in the first round. The senior guard set a career high with 13 assists to go with 13 points.

First Published 2012-03-06 23:13:58

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