No. 3 UConn rolls past UMass
Hartford, CT (Sports Network) – Rudy Gay scored 17 points and pulled down nine
rebounds to lead third-ranked Connecticut past Massachusetts, 78-60, at
Hartford Civic Center.
Rashad Anderson added 15 points for the Huskies, who have now beaten
Massachusetts in 22 of their last 23 meetings. Josh Boone chipped in 13 points
and 10 rebounds in the win.
Rashaun Freeman scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Minutemen,
who have lost three of their last four and have not beaten the Huskies in the
state of Connecticut since 1977. Jeff Viggiano chipped in 17 points in the
Freeman’s early layup and free throw gave Massachusetts a 7-2 edge 3:31 into
the first half. However, Connecticut ran off six straight points to take the
lead 1 1/2 minutes later.
After Viggiano’s layup put the Minutemen back ahead, Anderson’s jumper sparked
a 15-1 spurt that included back-to-back three-pointers by Anderson, staking
the Huskies to a 23-10 advantage with 9:52 remaining.
Connecticut remained ahead for the rest of the half, taking a 12-point lead at
31-19 after an Anderson jumper, and Massachusetts would get no closer than
seven as Freeman’s fastbreak layup cut the Minuteman deficit to 35-28.
The Huskies carried a 41-32 lead into the half and Connecticut outscored
Massachusetts 37-28 in the second half to capture the victory.
Boone’s jumper gave the Huskies a 13-point edge at 47-34 just under three
minutes into the half. Later, Viggiano’s three-pointer pulled the Minutemen
within 55-47 with 12:49 remaining until an 11-0 run by the Huskies extended
their lead to 66-47 and put the game away.
Boone’s tip-in with 3:26 left in the game put Connecticut ahead 74-53 and the
Huskies cruised to victory.
This was the 108th meeting between the two teams…The series dates back to
1904 with Connecticut holding a 69-39 edge in the all-time series…
Massachusetts defeated the Huskies 61-59 last year, snapping a 13-game losing
streak against Connecticut…Huskie head coach Jim Calhoun improved to 12-1
against the Minutemen as Connecticut’s coach…Denham Brown scored nine points
for the Huskies…Stephane Lasme added six points for Massachusetts…
Connecticut shot 5-of-6 from behind the arc compared to the Minutemen’s 4-