UCONN beats MU, DJ out for the yr

Milwaukee, WI- UConn was able to overcome the sold-out Bradley Center environment and defeat the Golden Eagles 93-82. The loss snaps Marquette's 17-game home win streak. The win was the 800th in the career of UConn head coach Jim Calhoun. He is one of only seven coaches to reach the milestone.

"My dad always used to tell me, when I wasn't involved with the best kids, that you are always going to be judged by the company you keep," Calhoun said. "I looked around at [800 wins] list and I am really happy to be in this company."

The game was more than just a loss in the standings for Marquette as senior guard Dominic James suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot. The injury will mark the end of James' Marquette career. The injury came in his MU record-breaking 128th career game.

"We're hurtful as a program and hurtful as an institution for Dominic," said an emotional Buzz Williams. "He's been absolutely incredible throughout his career."

Both teams scored in streaks and went on substantial runs throughout the contest. Down 19-14 midway through the first half, MU utilized a 16-3 run to propel them to a 28-22 advantage. UConn quickly responded with a 16-0 run of their own, resulting in a 43-37 lead going into the half.

The second half was tight and very competitive until UConn ripped off on an 11-0 run in the final five minutes of the contest. The rally was fueled by three "and one" plays, two of which coming from Huskies forward Stanley Robinson. The run gave UConn an 81-74 advantage and a lead that would not be overcome.

The Huskies were carried on the shoulders of senior guard A.J. Price who netted a career-high 36 points on 12-20 shooting, including 8-13 from three-point range. Price also dished out six assists and grabbed six rebounds.

"A.J.'s performance was like one that I have only seen by some of our great ones," Calhoun said. "He normally has a tough time in the second half and tonight he said ‘coach I feel great' and he played great. He was pretty special out there."

Hasheem Thabeet turned in another solid performance for the Huskies, scoring 14 points on 4-4 shooting while also grabbing 15 rebounds and blocking 5 shots. Forward Stanley Robinson also added 19 points for the Huskies while also grabbing 10 rebounds.

Jerel McNeal led the way for the Golden Eagles. McNeal, who scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half, shot only 9-23 from the field but was able to shoot a respectable 3-6 from three-point range. He was able to finish the game with five assists, four rebounds, two steals, and a block.

Senior guard Wesley Matthews added 20 points of his own and also grabbed five rebounds along with four assists. Lazar Hayward and Jimmy Butler rounded out the Golden Eagles in double figures, scoring 15 and 12 respectfully.

Marquette returns to action Sunday afternoon at 11 CST when they travel to Louisville to take on the rival Cardinals.

GAME NOTES: The 19,091 people in attendance at the Bradley Center was the largest crowd in Wisconsin college basketball history...MU was outrebounded 46-26 by the Huskies…Junior guard Maurice Acker recorded his first field goal since January 4th on a three-point basket in the second half.


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