Rebs lose first game of season at UConn

The Ole Miss Rebels lost their first game of the young basketball season as Andy Kennedy's troops fell to UConn in the finals of the Hispanic College Fund Classic.

(AP) - Jeff Adrien controlled the paint, and A.J. Price took care of the rest of the floor as No. 19/21 Connecticut handed Ole Miss its first loss of the year 77-59 Sunday to win the Hispanic College Fund Classic.

The lead changed hands six times early, but Connecticut broke the game open midway through the first half, thanks in large part to Price and Adrien. Tied at 14, Price hit a 3-pointer to give the Huskies the lead for good.

Up 17-16, the Huskies went on an 8-0 run. When Price found Adrien with a no-look pass in the lane, his short jumper made it 33-22. The Huskies stretched the lead to 39-23 at the half, when Curtis Kelly shot an air ball, but Marcus Johnson grabbed it and sank a reverse layup at the buzzer.

Connecticut led by as many as 23 points in the second half, before the Rebels used a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 63-48 with just over six minutes left.

Bam Doyne led Ole Miss with 16 points. Clarence Sanders and Todd Abernethy had 13 apiece.

Price scored 23 points, hitting 9 of 13 shots. Adrien added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Connecticut (4-0), giving him a double-double in each of the Huskies first four games.

The Huskies, who have led the nation in blocked shots for five consecutive years, had nine against Ole Miss (4-1), three each by Adrien and 7-foot-3 freshman center Hasheem Thabeet.

The Rebels take second place in the HCF Classic, and Doyne and Sanders earned All-Tournament honors.

The Huskies have not lost to a non-conference opponent in the regular season since Feb. 13, 2005, when they were beaten 77-70 by then No. 2 North Carolina.

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