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UConn Holds Off Arizona to Reach Final Four

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Jesse Perry #33 of the Arizona Wildcats goes to the basket against Alex Oriakhi #34, Roscoe Smith #22 and Jeremy Lamb #3 of the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Getty/Harry How)

Jesse Perry #33 of the Arizona Wildcats goes to the basket against Alex Oriakhi #34, Roscoe Smith #22 and Jeremy Lamb #3 of the Connecticut Huskies during the west regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 26, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Getty/Harry How)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — St. Louis native Jesse Perry and his Arizona teammates dunked their way to another big second-half run. This time, it wasn’t enough.

In a matchup of streaky shooting teams, the Wildcats couldn’t stay hot long enough to beat Connecticut, losing 65-63 in the West Regional final on Saturday.

It was a crushing end to fifth-seeded Arizona’s run that came just a year after the Wildcats’ streak of 25 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances ended.

Perry scored 14 points and Derrick Williams scored 20 points, making 9 of 12 free throws for the Wildcats (30-8), the Pac-10 regular season champions.

Copyright Associated Press

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