Kemba Walker had quite a list of possible plays in front of him. He could have faked and faded for a jumper. He could have put his head down and drove and then either tried to score or pass.
What he finally did isn’t on the list of options for almost every other player.
Walker did fake to his left, then threw the ball hard off the backboard, grabbed the ball and flipped it in from about 4 feet, just one of his many highlight-reel plays in No. 13 Connecticut’s 78-70 victory over No. 9 Georgetown in Hartford, Conn., on Wednesday night.
“I did it a lot in pickup over the summer but I never did it in a game,” said Walker, who had 31 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds. “I don’t know what Coach would have done if I missed it.”
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“I haven’t seen the bank play in quite some time, as in never,” Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said. “A kid from West Virginia tried it against us one time and it was unsuccessful. ... Obviously he was wonderful.”
Jamal Coombs-McDaniel had 23 points for the Huskies (20-5, 8-5 Big East).
Chris Wright had 19 points for the Hoyas (20-6, 9-5).
TOP 25 GAMES
At No. 3 Texas 73, Oklahoma State 55: Gary Johnson had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Longhorns (23-3, 11-0 Big 12) beat the Cowboys (16-9, 4-7).
At No. 4 Pittsburgh 67, South Florida 55: Nasir Robinson and Brad Wanamaker each had 13 points as the Panthers (24-2, 12-1 Big East) pulled away to beat the Bulls (8-19, 2-12).
No. 5 Duke 56, at Virginia 41: Nolan Smith had 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the Blue Devils (24-2, 11-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat the Cavaliers (12-13, 3-8).
At No. 11 Purdue 70, No. 10 Wisconsin 62: JaJuan Johnson had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Boilermakers (21-5, 10-3 Big Ten) beat the Badgers (19-6, 9-4).
At Cincinnati 63, No. 16 Louisville 54: Cashmere Wright scored 20 points as the Bearcats (20-6, 7-6 Big East) beat the Cardinals (19-7, 8-5) to reach the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2006.
No. 18 Vanderbilt 64, at Georgia 56: John Jenkins scored all of his 21 points in the final 14 minutes as the Commodores (19-7, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a second-half deficit of 14 points to beat the Bulldogs (17-8, 6-5).
At No. 21 Texas A&M 71, Iowa State 66: Nathan Walkup scored 19 points as the Aggies (20-5, 7-4 Big 12) beat the Cyclones (14-12, 1-10).
No. 24 Xavier 74, at Saint Joseph’s 54: Kenny Frease had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Musketeers (19-6, 10-1 Atlantic 10) beat the Hawks (7-18, 2-9).
Gabe Rogers scored 29 points as Northern Arizona (15-110, 7-6 Big Sky) rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Eastern Washington, 83-74, in Flagstaff, Ariz. Glen Dean had a career-high 31 points for the Eagles (8-17, 5-8). ... Swarthmore’s Ceylan Bodur, a Division III women’s player who suffered a career-ending knee injury last month, scored her 1,000th career point on an uncontested layup for the first basket of a 74-43 win over Bryn Mawr in Swarthmore, Pa. Bodur, a senior from Istanbul, was hurt Jan. 29 and stuck on 999 career points.