UConn Basketball

with Kevin Duffy

UConn 66, Syracuse 58

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In 91st and final Big East matchup between UConn and Syracuse, the unranked Huskies pulled off a shocker, knocking off the No. 6 Orange 66-58. It was Kevin Ollie’s first win over a top 10 opponent.

STAR OF THE GAME: UConn’s backcourt tandem of Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright outshined Michael Carter Williams and Brandon Triche, who combined to shoot 0-for-10 from 3-point range and had just four assists. Boatright finished with a team-high 17 while Napier chipped in with 10 points and seven assists. A Boatright fastbreak slam and a pair of Napier free throws opened up a 49-42 lead.

KEY TO THE WIN: Physically overmatched up front, UConn — playing without 7-foot-1 Enosch Wolf — outrebounded Syracuse, 38-36.

*Omar Calhoun drilled hit back-to-back 3s, the second of which extended the Huskies lead to 55-46. The freshman, left open in the corner for most of the game, finished with 15 points. UConn shot 8-for-14 from 3-point range, which proved to be a major difference.

*UConn took its first double-digit lead (59-49) on a pair of Niels Giffey free throws with 3:40 remaining.

*Tyler Olander scored the first two baskets of the game, but did not record another point. He finished with four points and four boards.

*Carter-Williams, the nation’s assist leader, picked up his second foul when he handchecked Ryan Boatright at the 15:30 mark of the first half. He played sporadically for the remainder of the half and fouled out on a block with 1:39 left.

*Back-to-back Ryan Boatright 3-pointers silenced a 6-0 Orange run and gave UConn a 35-30 lead at the beginning of the second half.

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