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No. 6 Connecticut 87, St. John’s 58

March 1, 1998

STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Khalid El-Amin had 29 points as No. 6 Connecticut clinched the Big East regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament with an 87-58 victory over St. John’s.

The Huskies (26-4, 15-3) finished the regular season with a five-game winning streak and convincingly avenged a 64-62 loss to the Red Storm (21-8, 13-5) on Jan. 19. St. John’s will be the No. 3 seed in next week’s conference tournament, with both teams getting a first-round bye.

Red Storm star Felipe Lopez started 0-for-8 from the field and was held to 13 points. Lavor Postell had 16 for the Red Storm.

El-Amin had 21 of his points in the second half. Richard Hamilton finished with 16, and Monquencio Hardnett had 14 for UConn.

The Huskies never let St. John’s in the game, opening leads of 8-0, 12-1 and 28-11 with 6:19 left in the first half. The Red Storm shot 25 percent (8 of 32) from the field in the first half and had only two field goals in the first 14 minutes.

UConn led 46-29 at halftime.

El-Amin scored the last five points of a 16-7 run at the start of the second half, making it 62-36 and putting the game out of reach.

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