Dion Waiters had 18 points and James Southerland scored all 10 of his points in the final eight minutes to lead No. 2 Syracuse to a 58-55 victory over Connecticut on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament, snapping the Huskies' 13-game postseason winning streak.
The top-seeded Orange (31-1 ) won their 11th straight game overall and advanced to face Cincinnati, which upset No. 13 Georgetown 72-70 in double overtime last night, in the semifinals tonight at Madison Square Garden.
Shabazz Napier had 15 points and Andre Drummond added 14 for the ninth-seeded Huskies (20-13 ), who were trying to duplicate last year's first-ever five-game run to the Big East tournament title that was followed by a six-game streak that brought the school its third national championship.
In the semis last year, Connecticut beat the Orange 76-71 in overtime. In the previous meeting in the tournament in 2009, Syracuse won 127-117 in a six-overtime quarterfinal.
This one ended in 40 minutes, but not without drama. The Huskies went seven minutes without a field goal and during that span Syracuse was able to take the lead for good on a fallaway jumper by Waiters that made it 48-47 with 5:41 to play.
Connecticut trailed 58-55 with 4.6 seconds left after a reverse by Drummond. After a timeout, the Orange were able to inbound the ball and run out the clock.
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