No. 3 UConn bests ninth-ranked ‘Zona in marquee Maui matchup
=== No. 3 UConn bests ninth-ranked ‘Zona in marquee Maui matchup ===
Lahaina, HI (Sports Network) – Denham Brown led four Connecticut players in
double figures with 17 points, as the third-ranked Huskies advanced to the
championship game of the Maui Invitational with a 79-70 triumph over No. 9
Arizona at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Craig Austrie added 15 points while Hilton Armstrong contributed 14 points
and eight rebounds for UConn (3-0), which will play eighth-ranked Gonzaga on
Wednesday in the title contest. Gonzaga had to go to triple overtime before
beating 12th-ranked Michigan State, 109-106, in the other semifinal.
Ivan Radenovic came off the bench for a game-high 20 points for the Wildcats
(1-1), who beat Kansas on Monday. Hassan Adams scored 14 points and Mustafa
Shakur added 11 for Arizona.
UConn’s Rudy Gay, who had a career-high 28 points in a victory over Arkansas
on Monday, was limited to six points on 2-of-10 shooting in this contest.
However, the Huskies shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) in the second half to
advance to the championship game.
UConn used an 11-2 spurt to extend to a 36-26 lead in the opening half. Two
free throws by Armstrong capped the rally and the Huskies led 41-34 at the
Arizona finally went ahead at 50-49 with 11:52 left on a three-pointer by
Radenovic. A three-pointer by Adams boosted Arizona to a 55-52 edge with 7:14
left, but UConn responded with a 15-1 run to take control.
Rashad Anderson tied the game with a three-pointer and two free throws by Josh
Boone boosted the Huskies to a 57-55 lead with 6:03 remaining. Two more foul
shots by Armstrong finished the rally and had UConn in front 67-56 with 2:47
Arizona couldn’t get closer than seven points the rest of the way.
UConn is 4-0 all-time against Arizona, which will play Michigan State in the
third-place game…The Wildcats were 6-of-14 from three-point range, while
UConn was 5-of-17…The Huskies converted 30-of-35 free throws…Chris Rodgers
scored 10 points for Arizona…Boone and Anderson each had 10 points for the
Huskies, who shot 44 percent from the field, compared to 40 percent for
Arizona…The Huskies are making their second appearance in the Maui
Invitational. In 2000, the Huskies lost an opening round game to Dayton and
came back to beat Chaminade and Louisville in the next two games.