UConn Back From England

Connecticut's next game is Tuesday against Florida International. The Huskies haven't been <I>in action</I> since the opener against Buffalo, a 90-68 win on Saturday, November 20th.

The not in action is true as far as NCAA games that count in the 2004-05 season. But UConn played four exhibition games in four days last week in London, not the one in CT, the one in the United Kingdom.

The Huskies went 3-1 during this trip, dropping the opener last Tuesday, 95-89, to the London Towers, and then winning the last three in a row (120-74 win Wednesday over Milton Keynes, an 88-74 win over the Towers on Thursday and an 87-71 victory Friday over British Basketball League Champion Brighton).

UConn was unable to hold a 85-73 lead with less than six minutes left in the opener as LT closed the contest with a 22-4 run. Those four points were all free throws. The Huskies committed an atypical 26 turnovers in the contest. Josh Boone and Rashad Anderson each had 14 points and Marcus White had 15 rebounds.

The Huskies rebounded from a 15-point deficit to start the second quarter (37-24) with a 46-point win on Wednesday. UConn finished the game with 31 assists and only 11 turnovers.

Denham Brown led the Huskies with a game-high 21 points and Rudy Gay added 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Marcus Williams had 13 assists, while Rashad Anderson scored 14 points and Charlie Villanueva chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds.

UConn evened their record with London Towers Thursday behind Josh Boone's 22 points and 13 rebounds and Rashad Anderson's 19 points. Rudy Gay added 15 points and six rebounds, while Hilton Armstrong had ten points and six boards. Ballhandling again was again a more typical 22 assists and 12 turnovers.

Rudy Gay scored 23 points and added 11 rebounds to pace Connecticut in the finale on Friday. Denham Brown scored 19 points in Friday night's win. But the ballhandling numbers in the last two games didn't continue. UConn had 20 assists and 21 turnovers.

Gay led the Big East program with a team-high 15.5 points per game, along with 6.5 rebounds. Anderson added 14.5 points per game during the trip.

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