The second-half narrative was much the same, as neither team was able to gain an advantage. In fact, a Souleymane Wane free throw to give the Huskies a 79-74 edge with less than a minute remaining represented UConn's largest lead of the game. Rony Seikaly's basket a short time later brought the Orangemen to within three and he then rejected a shot by Wane, but the Huskies' Edmund Saunders secured possession. UConn held on for the 80-79 victory and advances to the Final Four.
Hamilton finished with 26 points and added eight rebounds and three steals. Khalid El-Amin was shut down by Sherman Douglas, scoring four points on 1-for-9 shooting, but he did dish seven assists. For the Orangemen, Douglas led the way with 21 points and eight dimes. Derrick Coleman notched a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 12 boards.
Player of the game: Richard Hamilton (26 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals)
Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: 1998-99 Connecticut 53.9% - 1986-87 Syracuse 46.1%
Average Score of 1,001 Simulations: 1998-99 Connecticut 84.4 - 1986-87 Syracuse 83.4%
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