Feb. 28, 2010
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STORRS, Conn. - Louisville's Edgar Sosa made a running lay-up with seven seconds left to lift the Cardinals to a wild, 78-76, come-from-behind men's basketball victory over Connecticut Sunday afternoon before a sellout crowd of 10,167 at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion.
The Huskies, who had won three in a row, drop to 17-12 on the season, 7-9 in BIG EAST play. The Cardinals improve to 20-10, 10-6 in league games.
The Huskies had led by as many as 13 points in the first half, before Louisville rallied to lead by as many as seven late in the contest. Connecticut staged a rally of their own, retaking the lead for their final time on a three-pointer by sophomore Kemba Walker (Bronx, N.Y) with 1:41 to play. On the ensuing Cardinal possession, Samardo Samuels was fouled by senior guard Jerome Dyson (Potomac, Md.) and Samuels made one of two free throws to tie the score at 76 with 1:04 to play.
Dyson drove the lane on Connecticut's next possession, but his entry pass was stolen by Kyle Kuric. After a Louisville timeout, the Cardinals let the clock wind down before Sosa drove the lane and made his game-winning shot. Walker took the inbounds pass and drove the length of the floor but his last second shot was blocked by Samuels and Sosa corralled the rebound and with it, Louisville had the victory.
Sosa's winning shot spoiled the Senior Day festivities that saw the Connecticut seniors honored before playing their final home game. Besides Dyson, senior forwards Stanley Robinson (Birmingham, Ala.) and Gavin Edwards (Gilbert, Ariz.) played their final home contest of the regular season in the National Flag blue and white.
Walker led the Huskies with 28 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line. Edwards and Robinson each recorded double-doubles in the contest, with Edwards scoring 17 points (which tied his career high) and Robinson tallying 14 points. Each forward nabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. The two helped the Huskies to an enormous 50-22 rebounding advantage.
Dyson chipped in with 13 points and he and Robinson continued their streak of being the only pair of teammates that have scored in double figures in every contest this season. Samuels led the Cardinals with 14 points (12 after intermission), while Jerry Smith and Preston Knowles each scored 12 points for Louisville. The Huskies were plagued by a season-high 22 turnovers that Louisville converted into 15 steals and 19 points. Dyson tied his career-high with six miscues, while Robinson had five.
The Huskies broke from gate quickly, scoring the game's first five points en route to a 36-23 lead with 3:26 to play before halftime. But the Cardinals rallied, out-scoring Connecticut 30-12 in a scoring spurt that sandwiched halftime. The run was capped by back-to-back three pointers by Jared Swopshire. Connecticut rallied once again, retaking the lead on a layup by Walker with 4:50 to play setting the stage for Sosa's heroics.
Connecticut will now take to the road for their next contest when they play at Notre Dame on Wednesday, March 3. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. and the contest will be nationally-televised by ESPN.