Hartford, Conn. Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun opened the game with a technical foul, and West Virginia’s Bob Huggins ended it with two.
Kemba Walker scored 21 points, including three free throws after Huggins’ last-minute technicals, to lead UConn over the eighth-ranked Mountaineers, 73-62, on Monday night, the Huskies’ third victory this season over a Top 10 team.
Jerome Dyson added 17 points, and Stanley Robinson had 15 points and 13 rebounds for UConn (17-11, 7-8 Big East), which has won three straight to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive.
“That was an incredibly physical game, as most Big East games are,” Calhoun said. “But we stuck in the fight and made some big plays and were able to win the game.”
The Huskies are 3-1 since Calhoun returned from a medical leave of absence. Connecticut was 3-4 during the 23 days he was gone.
Devin Ebanks had 17 points and nine rebounds to lead West Virginia (21-6, 10-5), which had to finish the game without Huggins, who was ejected in the final minute.