Mary Altaffer, Associated Press
Connecticut's Jeremy Lamb dunks as Georgetown's Jason Clark (21) looks on during the first half of a second round NCAA college basketball game at the Big East conference tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

NEW YORK — Kemba Walker scored 28 points in another stellar performance, and No. 21 Connecticut remained alive in the Big East tournament with an easy 79-62 second-round victory over No. 22 Georgetown on Wednesday.

Despite being the higher-ranked team, the Huskies (23-9) had fallen all the way to the ninth seed in the conference tournament and were forced to beat DePaul in the opening round just to face the eighth-seeded Hoyas. UConn now gets top-seeded Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals.

Georgetown (21-10) still has not won since losing guard Chris Wright to a broken left hand.

The senior spent the afternoon on the end of the bench dressed in a suit with a brace around the injury. Coach John Thompson III has said Wright could return for the NCAA tournament, especially if the Hoyas manage to make it through the opening week.

That sure seems like a long shot the way they've been playing lately.