GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Hasheem Thabeet scored 15 points and had
15 rebounds, and Connecticut overcame a sluggish first half to
defeat Purdue 72-60 in the NCAA West Regional semifinals on
One day after an Internet report alleged UConn committed NCAA
recruiting violations, the top-seeded Huskies (30-4) reached the
regional finals for the fourth time since 2002.
UConn jumped out to an early 11-point lead, then went cold and
let the fifth-seeded Boilermakers (27-10) pull within 30-25 at
halftime before Thabeet took over.
Robbie Hummel had 17 points for Purdue, but only two in the
second half. The Boilermakers ended their longest NCAA run since
2000, when they lost to Wisconsin in the West Regional final.