UConn men's basketball defeats South Florida after Allen's jersey retired

Published on Sunday, 3 March 2019 20:03
Written by PAT EATON-ROBB

Associated Press

STORRS - UConn honored one of the greatest 3-point shooters of all-time on Sunday, then won a game without making a shot from behind the arc.

Josh Carlton scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds as UConn held off South Florida 60-58.

Alterique Gilbert added 15 for the Huskies (14-15, 5-11 American), who retired the No. 34 of Hall of Famer Ray Allen at halftime.

The Huskies missed all 15 of their 3-point attempts after making at least one in 338 consecutive games, a streak that went back more than nine years.

“Players just couldn’t handle the pressure of a shooter of that caliber being in the building,” joked UConn coach Dan Hurley.

David Collins had 17 points and Alexis Yetna added 15 for USF (18-11, 7-9 American), which had a chance to win or send the game into overtime.

But the Bulls long inbounds pass with 2.6 seconds left was intercepted by Gilbert, who had just made one of two free throws.

The Huskies shot under 39 percent for the game, but USF made just 33 percent of its shots (19 of 58), and was just 3 of 19 on 3-pointers.

Carlton had 12 points and seven rebounds in the first half and UConn had a 28-27 lead at the break.

USF trailed for much of the game before taking a 48-46 lead on a 3-pointer from Laquincy Rideau with just over 6 minutes to play. That capped a 9-0 USF run that saw the Bulls hold UConn without a field goal for more than seven minutes.

UConn fought back and led 59-56 before Sidney Wilson fouled Collins on a 3-point attempt from the right wing with just 3.5 seconds left.

But USF’s sophomore star missed the second of his three foul shots after a UConn timeout.

“We wouldn’t be in the game if it wasn’t for David, and we wouldn’t have 18 wins if it wasn’t for David Collins,” said South Florida coach Brian Gregory.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for UConn, which had not won since star Jalen Adams suffered a knee injury in a loss to Temple on Feb. 6.

“It was very important for us just to get the win,” said Gilbert. “It’s like a weight is off our shoulders a little bit.”

BIG PICTURE

Allen joins former women’s star Rebecca Lobo as the only two players in the school’s history to have their numbers put in the rafters. Lobo has a similar ceremony on Saturday. The school has just one criterion for retiring numbers - enshrinement in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

“It’s a special place,” Allen said. “It’s the reason that I continue to always come back. I want these young kids to understand that it’s a privilege to play here.”

A WIN IS A WIN

UConn tied its win total from last season, when they went 14-18 under Kevin Ollie.

UP NEXT

The Huskies play their final home game of the season on Thursday night against Temple.



Posted in Newington Town Crier, UConn on Sunday, 3 March 2019 20:03. Updated: Sunday, 3 March 2019 20:05.