The Connecticut Huskies' seven-game Big East Tournament winning streak was snapped Thursday afternoon by the Syracuse Orange, who used a late second-half surge to complete a 58-55 victory and advance to Friday's Big East semifinals.
The Huskies opened the second half with a 15-4 run, quickly turning a four-point deficit into a 39-31 lead. Andre Drummond, who finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks, capped the flurry with a layup and a loud putback dunk.
Undeterred, Syracuse battled back, reclaiming the lead at 48-47 on a Dion Waiters jumper with 5:45 remaining. Waiters was instrumental off the bench for Syracuse, pouring in 18 points on 8-11 shooting.
Syracuse pushed its lead to 56-49, but UConn had one last gasp. Shabazz Napier missed the free throw after hitting an and-one with 19 seconds remaining, and Drummond put back the miss to make it 56-53.
After two Syracuse free throws, Drummond again scored with 4.6 seconds left to bring UConn within 58-55. Syracuse had a little trouble with the ensuing inbounds pass, but Waiters leaked out and the clock ran out before he slammed home an exclamation point dunk.
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