Kemba Walker had a career-high 29 points last night as Connecticut continued a four-day run of Big East upsets with an 84-75 win over No. 3 Villanova.
The visiting Huskies (15-11, 5-8) became the fourth team to knock off one of the Big East's top teams. It was 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.
"We looked like a UConn team tonight," he said. "It was a terrific win for us at a terrific time against a terrific team."
The Huskies made it four in as many days by shooting 67 percent from the field in the second half. Jerome Dyson had 15 points and six assists and helped hold Villanova's Scottie Reynolds (18 points) to four after halftime. The Wildcats fell to 22-3, 11-2.
Connecticut, which had lost five of six, remained 12th in the 16-team league. UConn, which was coming off a 60-48 loss to Cincinnati, hit the 48-point mark less than four minutes into the second half. Calhoun had called the loss to Cincinnati "embarrassing." He said after beating Villanova: "I'm so proud of them. To use the word 'embarrassing' is a tough thing to say, but I meant it."
Said Walker, "I told them, let's start from the jump. That's what we did. We put together a 40-minute game. Probably the first one of the season, to tell you the truth. It was great."
Walker was 14-for-16 from the free-throw line as the Huskies finished 35-for-44. "I was just trying to be aggressive. They backed off me. I guess they wanted me to take a jump shot," he said. " . . . That's us, we play hard. That's one thing we do."
Kansas 59, Texas A&M 54:Xavier Henry had 12 points as No. 1 Kansas (25-1, 11-0 Big 12) earned its 11th straight win and broke a 16-game home winning streak for Texas A&M (18-7, 7-4).
Connecticut 76, Oklahoma 60: Tiffany Hayes had 20 points, Tina Charles added 19 and Maya Moore had 18 points and 10 rebounds as No. 1 UConn (26-0) extended its unbeaten streak to 65 games. The Huskies won a record 70 straight from 2001-03. No. 11 Oklahoma is 18-7.-