Adama Sanogo scores 21 points to lead UConn past Miami 72-59 and into the NCAA Tournament title game
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Adama Sanogo had a career night on Saturday, as he scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the University of Connecticut Huskies to a 72-59 victory over the Miami Hurricanes and into the NCAA Tournament title game.
Sanogo was dominant from the start, finishing 10-of-15 from the field and 1-of-2 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with four assists and three blocks in the victory.
Sanogo was the catalyst for the Huskies, as they overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to outscore Miami 40-27 in the second half. UConn shot a blistering 56.7 percent from the field in the second half, while holding Miami to just 31.8 percent shooting.
Sanogo's performance was the first time in NCAA Tournament history that an individual player had scored 20-plus points and grabbed 10-plus rebounds in the Final Four. He was also the first player since 2010 to score 20-plus points in a Final Four game.
The victory propels UConn to the NCAA Tournament title game, where they will face the top-seeded Baylor Bears on Monday night. The Huskies will be looking to win their third NCAA Tournament title in the last five years.
Sanogo's performance was a fitting end to a stellar college career, as he is set to graduate this spring. The forward from Mali has been a key contributor for the Huskies all season, averaging 12.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
With Sanogo's performance, UConn is now one win away from another NCAA Tournament title. The Huskies will need Sanogo to come up big once again if they are to take down the Bears and capture the championship.