Orange overtake U-Conn, advance to semifinal

Orange overtake U-Conn, advance to semifinal

NEW YORK -- Syracuse guard Dion Waiters had 18 points and James Southerland scored all 10 of his points in the final 8 minutes to lead the second ranked Orange to a 58-55 victory over U-Conn on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament, snapping the Huskies' 13-game postseason winning streak.

The top-seeded Orange (31-1) won their 11th straight game overall and advanced to the semifinals on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

But not before these rivals added another chapter to their Big East tournament history.

Shabazz Napier had 15 points and Andre Drummond added 14 for the ninth-seeded Huskies (20-13), who were trying to duplicate last year's first-ever five-game run to the Big East tournament title that was followed by a six-game streak that brought the school its third national championship.

In the semifinals last year, Connecticut beat the Orange 76-71 in overtime. In the previous meeting in the tournament in 2009, Syracuse won 127-117 in a six-overtime quarterfinal.

This one ended in 40 minutes, but there once again was the chance at playing past the regulation buzzer.

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