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Uconn Advances To Big East Championship Game After Thrilling Win

St. John's forward Zuby Ejiofor dunks against UConn during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big East men's tournament Friday, March 15, 2024, in New York. (AP

UConn's men's basketball team secured a spot in the Big East championship game with a thrilling 95-90 win over St. John's at Madison Square Garden. Tristen Newton led the charge with 25 points and nine assists, while Cam Spencer contributed 20 points and nine assists for the top-seeded Huskies.

This victory marks UConn's 11th appearance in the Big East final and their first since Kemba Walker led them to a title in 2011. The Huskies had previously struggled in conference semifinals since rejoining the league in 2020-21.

Despite a strong effort from St. John's, including a standout performance by Daniss Jenkins with 27 points, the Red Storm couldn't overcome UConn's offensive firepower. UConn's Alex Karaban added 14 points, helping the team overcome foul trouble for center Donovan Clingan.

Both teams displayed intense competitiveness, with coaches Dan Hurley and Rick Pitino receiving technical fouls in the first half. UConn showcased their offensive prowess by shooting 63% from the field in the first half, with Newton and Spencer delivering standout performances.

UConn secures 11th Big East final appearance.
Tristen Newton and Cam Spencer lead UConn to victory.
UConn overcomes St. John's in a high-scoring game.
Alex Karaban steps up for UConn in the game.
Coaches Hurley and Pitino receive technical fouls.
UConn shoots 63% in the first half.
UConn faces Marquette or Providence in the championship game.
St. John's makes a strong push for NCAA Tournament invite.
UConn seeks eighth Big East Tournament title.
Exciting conclusion expected in the Big East Tournament.

UConn's victory sets up a showdown in the championship game against either Marquette or Providence. The Huskies, seeking their eighth Big East Tournament title, have shown resilience and skill throughout the season.

St. John's, on the other hand, made a strong push for an NCAA Tournament invite with their late-season win streak under coach Chris Mullin. Pitino, in his first season at St. John's, aims to lead the team to postseason success.

Looking ahead, UConn will face familiar opponents in Marquette and Providence, having swept both teams during the regular season. The stage is set for an exciting conclusion to the Big East Tournament as UConn vies for another championship.

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