PHILADELPHIA - Kemba Walker scored a career-high 29 points and Connecticut continued the four-day run of Big East top 10 upsets, beating No. 3 Villanova, 84-75, last night.
The Huskies (15-11, 5-8) became the fourth team to knock off one of the Big East's top teams with a win they desperately needed in coach Jim Calhoun's second game back on the bench after missing 31/2 weeks on a medical leave.
The Huskies made it four in as many days by shooting 67 percent from the field, 80 percent from the free-throw line in the second half and holding Scottie Reynolds of the Wildcats (22-3, 11-2) to four of his 18 points.
Connecticut was coming off a 60-48 loss to Cincinnati. The Huskies hit the 48-point mark less than four minutes into the second half.
Calhoun had called the loss to Cincinnati "embarrassing." This had to wipe some of that feeling away.
Reynolds, the conference's fourth-leading scorer at 19 points per game, had been a second-half star for the Wildcats in recent games. With Jerome Dyson moving with him all over the court, the senior guard managed just the four points on 2-for-6 shooting, including missing all three three-point attempts.
The Huskies hit their first seven shots of the second half and turned a 36-35 halftime lead into 55-48 lead. They were up 67-58 with 5:30 left, then matched almost every Villanova score the rest of the way, going 13-for-16 from the line the rest of the way.
Reggie Redding hit a three-pointer with 2 minutes left to bring the Wildcats within 76-69 and the crowd of better than 18,000 at Wachovia Center was suddenly alive in the matchup of teams from last season's Final Four that were on very different paths this season.
Dyson had 15 points and six assists for Connecticut. He was 9-for-14 from the free-throw line and Walker was 14-for-16 as the Huskies finished 35-for-44.
Corey Fisher had 14 points for the Wildcats.