HARTFORD, March 14 – The University of Connecticut men’s basketball team continues to pull off amazing comebacks. With its offense looking sluggish for most of the game, the Huskies overcame a 10-point deficit and outscored Tulsa 14-1 in the final 3:30 to earn a 47-42 semifinal victory at the XL Center and return to the AAC Tournament title game for the second straight year.
UConn will meet No. 20 SMU Sunday at 3:15 p.m. with a NCAA Tournament berth on the line for Connecticut. They need to win to earn an invitation to the big dance. “It’s a scenario where we lose and we don’t get a bid,” UConn head coach Kevin Ollie said. “You know, we feel not the pressure, but we feel the opportunity.”
Ryan Boatright scored 21 points and Rodney Purvis added 11 but they both hit big three-point shots in the final two minutes. Boatright hit a 3-pointer with 1:44 remaining to tie the game at 41. Purvis gave the Huskies the lead for good with 46 seconds left on a jumper from the left baseline.