Huskies host Stags in Hartford
Hartford, CT (Sports Network) – The 21st-ranked Connecticut Huskies put their
21-game home winning streak on the line tonight, when they host the
Fairfield Stags in the second round of the Hispanic College Fund Classic from
the Hartford Civic Center.
The Huskies, who are in the midst of an 11-game season-opening homestand,
made their first appearance in the classic last night, defeating Central
Arkansas 88-59. It was a solid follow up to a lackluster season-opening
win over Quinnipiac (53-46) by UConn, which improved to 19-2 in Hartford
Civic Center openers. The Huskies are currently riding a 21-game overall home
winning streak that dates back to a loss to North Carolina on February 13,
2005. The team won its final three games at home in 2004-05, went 16-0 last
season and is 2-0 this year at home. The streak is a combination of 11
straight wins in Hartford and ten in a row at Gampel Pavilion.
As for Fairfield, it has yet to find its way into the win column, going
0-4 on the young season. The Stags opened tournament play last night
with a 70-67 setback to Ole Miss, marking their third defeat by five points
or fewer on the year.
In terms of the all-time series, UConn owns a commanding 26-5 advantage over
Fairfield, and has won the last 16 meetings. The Huskies are also a perfect
10-0 versus the Stags at the Hartford Civic Center.
The Stags hung tough last night, but just couldn’t make enough shots to pull
out the win, as it hit on only 39.3 percent from the field in a three-point
loss to Ole Miss. The team didn’t fare too well from long range (6-of-19), and
it also committed 15 turnovers to just nine by Ole Miss. Greg Nero paced the
team in defeat with 19 points and five rebounds. He has clearly been the
club’s most productive player thus far, as his 18.5 ppg average is more than
double the next closest player on the roster. He is also grabbing 4.5 rpg and
connecting on 49.0 percent from the field. As a team, Fairfield has struggled
to score (58.2 ppg) points this season because of poor shooting, as it is
making only 36.0 percent of its field goals and just 21.5 percent from behind
the arc thus far.
After shooting just 30.4 percent from the floor and committing 21 turnovers in
their season-opener, the Huskies responded by knocking down 50.0 percent of
their field goals and committing just 10 miscues in a lopsided win over
Central Arkansas last night. The team however, continued to struggle at the
foul line, converting just 18-of-29 attempts last night after going only 15-
of-34 from the line in its opener. The squad has been able to make up for some
of the poor shooting by winning the battle on the boards each game, including
a 43-32 advantage last night. For the second straight game, freshman Jerome
Dyson led the team in scoring, pouring in 20 points to go along with three
steals. In his first-ever collegiate game, Dyson tallied 16 points and
collected six boards in a win over Quinnipiac. Jeff Adrien is another player
that is off to a fast start, as he has notched a double-double in each game,
including a 14-point and 11-rebound effort last night.