Wednesday , Feb , 01 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

UConn and Pittsburgh show their heart

That’s what a basketball game is supposed to be like. In Connecticut’s 80-76 win over Pittsburgh last night, the AP story floating around focuses on the physical toughness of both teams.

The No. 1 and the No. 9 team couldn’t hit their shots from outside, so they were forced to battle anyway they could to get numbers on the board. The big men for each team have been dominant for the majority of the season thus far, and to watch them go at it last night was a fan’s dream.
 
UConn’s Rudy Gay had 22 points and Pitt’s 7-foot center, Aaron Gray had 23 points and 12 rebounds. UConn proved they were the better team, but my respect for Pittsburgh increased greatly. The Panthers went 2-20 from beyond the arc, but managed to adapt their game to pose a threat to UConn down low. Two of their players fouled out, including their point guard Carl Krauser.
 
Both teams racked up a combined 44 fouls. Usually, that would be considered a bad day on the defensive end. But, as the Huskies and the Panthers proved, it was all about who wanted it more. It was nice to a see a game where both teams played with the utmost intensity and heart.