UConn holds off LSU
Hartford, CT (Sports Network) – Rudy Gay had 19 points and eight rebounds, as
the second-ranked Connecticut Huskies survived a 67-66 scare at home against
the Louisiana State Tigers.
Marcus Williams netted 13 points and Rashad Anderson scored 10 and pulled down
10 boards for the Huskies (12-1), who were coming off an upset loss to
Marquette on Tuesday.
Darrel Mitchell shot 7-of-12 from the field and scored 21 points, and Tyrus
Thomas added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Tigers (8-5), who have lost
four of their last six games, with all those defeats coming by four points or
less. Glen Davis and Tasmin Mitchell each netted 12 points.
UConn used a 13-5 spurt to tie the game 53-53, as Hilton Armstrong hit 1-of-2
free throws with under seven minutes left in the game. Moments later, the
Huskies grabbed a 57-55 lead, their first since 18:58 in the opening stanza,
as Davis was called for goaltending on Jeff Adrien’s jumper.
The game continued to teeter back-and-forth until the Huskies grabbed the lead
for good with 2:25 remaining, as Armstrong hit a layup for a 63-61 advantage.
Armstrong then converted a jumper.
Two free throws by Darrel Mitchell brought LSU within 67-66 with 9.4 seconds
remaining. Williams missed two foul shots, but Darrel Mitchell subsequently
missed the three-pointer that would have given the Tigers the victory.
With the score tied 6-6, the Tigers went on a 9-0 run, highlighted by five
points from Tasmin Mitchell.
LSU opened up a 25-13 edge, courtesy of an 8-0 streak, capped by Darnell
Lazare’s jumper with 10:18 left in the first half.
The Huskies cut the deficit to single digits, while closing the half with an
11-4 spurt, and trailed 37-30 at the half. Anderson connected on three
consecutive field goals, including a pair of treys.
UConn shot just 30.6 percent from the floor in the opening frame, while the
Tigers hit on 53.3 percent of their attempts.
Neither team got on an offensive roll, as the Tigers began the second half
hitting three of their first 11 shots and the Huskies connected on 4-of-14
through 9 1/2 minutes of play.
UConn won the game despite shooting 32.8 percent from the field…LSU
connected on 13-of-21 free throws, compared to 20-of-25 for the Huskies…The
Tigers committed 14 turnovers…LSU blocked 10 attempts and UConn swatted away