Despite being outrebounded 29-11, UConn took a 33-32 lead into halftime Thursday night at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence.
The Huskies converted 9-of-13 field goals to open up a 22-9 advantage, but were pounded on the boards — Providence collected a mind-boggling 18 on the offensive glass — and the lead quickly evaporated.
Omar Calhoun hit a big 3-pointer to stifle a Friars run, and DeAndre Daniels calmly drilled a foul-line jumper to give UConn a 33-30 advantage.
Daniels led the Huskies with nine points. Providence forward Kadeem Betts also scored nine. Bryce Cotton, the Big East’s leading scorer, contributed eight, but was 0-for-5 from 3-point range.