Friday, March 11, 2011
Walker breaks Big East tourney scoring record
By Matt Ehalt
NEW YORK -- Connecticut junior point guard Kemba Walker is the Big East's all-time single-tournament points leader, breaking the record in the first half of Thursday night's semifinal matchup against Syracuse.
Walker, who scored his 86th point in the tournament, surpassed former Syracuse shooting guard Eric Devendorf, who scored 84 points in the 2009 tournament.
Walker scored 26 points in UConn's first-round win against DePaul, 28 in a second round win against Georgetown and 24 points, including the game-winning shot, in UConn’s upset of Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals.
In the process , he also passed broke former UConn guard Ben Gordon's school record of 81 points from the 2004 Big East tournament. While Walker achieved both plateaus in four games, Gordon scored his 81 points in three games. Gordon's 81 points are the most by any Big East player in three-game span.
The former holder, Devendorf, set his mark during Syracuse’s run to the 2009 tournament final. He scored at least 19 points in each of Syracuse’s four games before the Orange ultimately fell to Louisville in the final.