Dyson, UConn pound St. Mary’s
Hartford, CT (Sports Network) – Jerome Dyson netted 19 and pulled down five
rebounds to lead the 14th-ranked Connecticut Huskies to an 89-73 win over St.
Mary’s at the Hartford Civic Center.
Jeff Adrien added 15 points and eight rebounds while Hasheem Thabeet chipped
in nine points, six boards and three blocks for the Huskies (9-0), who
connected on 52 percent of their shots from the field.
Tron Smith scored 15 points and Omar Samhan donated 13 points and grabbed 10
rebounds for St. Mary’s (6-6), which shot a paltry 37 percent from the floor.
Diamon Simpson had 11 points and six boards in the loss.
Brett Collins’ layup brought St. Mary’s within 14-12, but the Huskies moved
ahead with a 15-4 run, which began on Thabeet’s slam. Adrien’s jumper pushed
the lead to 10, 24-14, and a pair of free throws from the forward capped the
burst for a 29-16 lead.
Blake Sholberg’s three-point play narrowed the gap to 12, 34-22, but
Connecticut closed the half with a 13-4 surge, including five points from
Dyson, for a 47-26 margin after the opening 20 minutes.
Doug Wiggins’ jumper pushed the margin to 69-42, but St. Mary’s scored 14 of
the next 20 points, highlighted by Collins’ three-point play, cutting the
deficit to 75-56.
Connecticut responded with nine of the next 12 points for an 84-59 drubbing
with nearly 4 1/2 minutes remaining.
St. Mary’s closed the game on a 14-5 rally, including treys from Todd Golden
and Smith, but it was too little too late.
Connecticut won the rebounding battle 44-37…The Huskies welcome Pepperdine
on Wednesday while St. Mary’s travels to St. Joseph’s on Tuesday…Collins
finished with nine points…Connecticut shot 23-of-35 from the line, compared
to 17-of-23 for St. Mary’s.