Armstrong, Anderson lead top-ranked Huskies past Providence
=== Armstrong, Anderson lead top-ranked Huskies past Providence ===
Providence, RI (Sports Network) – Hilton Armstrong scored 16 points and
grabbed 12 rebounds to lead top-ranked Connecticut to a 76-62 victory over
Providence at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Rashad Anderson added 15 points and Denham Brown and Rudy Gay each finished
with 10 for the Huskies (18-1, 6-1 Big East), who have won seven in a row.
Josh Boone contributed nine points and 13 rebounds, as UConn held a commanding
52-34 edge on the glass.
“That was the killer,” said Providence head coach Tim Welsh about the rebound
margin. “That was the difference.”
Donnie McGrath scored 18 points and Randall Hanke added 16 for Providence
(9-9, 2-5), which was coming off consecutive victories against DePaul and
Rutgers. Hanke added six rebounds and blocked five shots for the Friars.
Providence led 16-10 early before UConn reeled off nine of the next 10 points
to open a 19-17 edge with just under 11 minutes left in the first half. It
remained close until Brown and Marcus Johnson drilled consecutive three-
pointers to give the Huskies a 29-23 edge with just over five minutes to play
before the intermission.
Brown and Anderson connected from beyond the arc late to extend the lead to
37-29 and Connecticut took that eight-point advantage to the break.
The Friars hung around early in the second half, but could never get closer
than five points.
Twice, layups by Hanke pulled Providence within five — the last time at 50-45
with 11 1/2 minutes remaining.
The Huskies then ran off seven straight points before a jumper by McGrath made
it a 57-47 game with 8:19 to play. The Friars got only as close as nine from
“It took us 30 minutes to shake them, maybe 35 minutes,” said Connecticut head
coach Jim Calhoun.
Added Welsh, “When you’re playing a team like Connecticut, you have to stick
to your game plan and a lot of things have to go right. You fight and you
battle and you play together, you have a chance. I think we did all that and
still came up short.”
The Friars had 10 blocked shots, compared to seven for the nation-leading
Huskies…Sharaud Curry scored 15 points for Providence…Connecticut leads
the all-time series 40-23…The Huskies needed double-overtime to beat the
Friars last February in Providence.