Thanks to an 8-0 run late in the game, Connecticut went on to beat rival Syracuse, 67-60.
This win improves our record to 15-8 and inches us closer to a .500 record in Big East play. Monday's win was not only big from the standpoint that it was a rivalry game, but it gave head coach Jim Calhoun 500 victories in his illustrious 21 seasons in Storrs and ran his career win mark to 749.
In one of the most well-played, exciting games this season, the Huskies made the most of their opportunities down the stretch. Paul Harris had given Syracuse their last lead with a pair of free throws with 6:48 remaining, before the Huskies took control. Sophomore power forward Jeff Adrien made a pair of free throws to tie the game for the fifth and final time, and made another free throw later to put the Huskies ahead for good, at 58-57 with 5:43 to go.
The Huskies had a balanced scoring attack on the evening. Austrie registered his season-high in scoring for the second straight contest by scoring 14 points, including three big three-pointers. Austrie also had a career-high seven rebounds, and had five assists without a turnover. Adrien was great once again in the interior, getting his 12th double-double of the season, with 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
A.J. Price was the biggest contributor off the bench chipping in with 12 points. Dyson finished with 10 points, making seven of eight from the foul line. Johnson played some of his most inspired play of late, scoring 10 points in 16 minutes.
The entire game was close as neither team led by more than seven points. Connecticut used a 21-9 advantage on the offensive boards to score 22 second-chance points. The Huskies made eight three-pointers, and blocked nine shots, led by Adrien’s three.