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Walker leads UConn over sad-sack DePaul

Jan 15, 2011 - 10:20 PM Rosemont, IL (Sports Network) - Kemba Walker eclipsed the 30-point plateau for the sixth time this season and 10th-ranked Connecticut cruised past Big East bottom-dwelling DePaul, 82-62.

Walker went 10-of-17 from the field and 9-for-10 from the foul line to pace the Huskies (14-2, 3-2 Big East), who shot 51 percent from the floor en route to a third straight win.

Jeremy Lamb chipped in 13 points and Alex Oriakhi had 11 in the rout.

Cleveland Melvin was the only offensive threat for the Blue Demons (6-11, 0-5), finishing with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

DePaul has lost a season-high five straight games and 18 in a row in Big East play, which includes a first-round exit in last year's conference tourney.

Connecticut scored 10 of the game's first 12 points and led 21-10 following Jamal Coombs-McDaniel's fastbreak layup with a little over 12 minutes left in the opening half.

A Tony Freeland bucket cut the deficit to 33-25, but Walker's dunk and Lamb's alley-oop slam while being fouled rebuilt the double-digit margin with 3:50 remaining.

Walker put in a layup just before the halftime buzzer for a 45-34 advantage, and the Huskies pulled away with a 16-1 run in the second stanza.

Oriakhi converted a three-point play 4 1/2 minutes in to open the flurry, and Coombs-McDaniel's three-point play ended it for a 66-41 cushion with 10 minutes left.

Oriakhi's dunk made it a 32-point blowout, 78-46, with 6 1/2 minutes showing.

Game Notes

Connecticut has won the last four meetings with DePaul to take a 5-1 series advantage...Roscoe Smith had eight points and seven rebounds for the Huskies, who also shot a robust 21-of-25 from the foul line...DePaul shot 32 percent from the field...Connecticut is back in action at home on Monday afternoon against Villanova, while DePaul hopes to end its long conference streak at Marquette on Tuesday.