Reserve tank: Anderson comes off bench to propel UConn past WVU
Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) – Rashad Anderson proved it doesn’t matter if
you start as long as you finish, as the top-ranked Huskies’ sixth man drained
two late treys from the left corner to propel Connecticut past No. 11 West
Virginia, 81-75, at WVU Coliseum.
Coming off the bench to add instant offense to the Huskies’ attack, Anderson
first buried a three to extend the advantage to 71-65 with 4:10 to play, then
applied the dagger with a three-pointer from the exact same spot to again open
a six-point lead, 78-72, with 54 ticks remaining.
While Anderson’s 11 points proved large, the formidable Connecticut frontcourt
dominated from start to finish. Josh Boone led the Huskies (23-2, 10-2 Big
East) with 18 points and Hilton Armstrong added 15 points. Rudy Gay tallied 14
and grabbed 12 rebounds, as UConn outrebounded the smaller Mountaineers,
39-19, including 11 offensive boards.
Mike Gansey led all scorers with 25 points and Kevin Pittsnogle added 15 for
West Virginia (18-7, 9-3), which dropped its third contest in four games.
Johannes Herber donated 14 points and Frank Young tallied 12 in the loss.
With Pittsnogle hovering around the three-point line and every other major WVU
contributor a perimeter player, the Huskies dominated in the paint and notched
an impressive road victory to offset Monday’s loss to Villanova.
West Virginia got within two, 57-55, on Young’s jumper with 11:49 remaining
and Gansey’s trey moments later trimmed the deficit to 59-58. The Huskies
countered with five quick points capped by Boone’s layup with 8:22 left.
The Mountaineers again trimmed the deficit to one, 66-65, on Herber’s two free
throws, but Marcus Williams drained a jumper prior to Anderson’s three.
Connecticut’s lead was cut to five twice in the final minute, but the
Mountaineers got no closer.
Two straight inside buckets from Boone highlighted a 9-0 burst in the first
half that gave the Huskies a 26-21 edge. The lead eventually ballooned to
eight, but was cut to 37-34 at the half.
Connecticut leads the all-time series 11-2 and has won six straight
meetings…The Huskies shot 58 percent from the floor, while West Virginia
made 50 percent of its shots…Williams dished out 10 assists and added eight
points in the victory.