UConn Tops IU, 74-69

The UConn Huskies topped the Indiana Hoosiers 74-69, at the Gampel Pavilion and before a regional CBS TV audience.

Rashad Anderson led the Huskies with 17 points, Denham Brown added 13 and Josh Boone 12 points. Freshman Rudy Gay recorded his first career double-double (in game 3!) with 11 points and a game high 10 rebounds. Marcus Williams dished out eight assists; Boone blocked five IU shots.

Indiana was led by Bracey Wright who tallied 28 points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds. Robert Vaden and Marshall Strickland contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Connecticut controlled the boards, 53-38; the difference was on the defensive ends, UConn 39, IU 25.

The Huskies, who had turnover problems in two games in London last week, committed 15 miscues while giving out 11 assists. Indiana had 14 assists and committed six turnovers.

The game started out slow; it took over two minutes for the first score, a three-pointer by Brown at 17:45 of the half. The Huskies highest lead in the opening 20 minutes was four at 16:17.

IU took the lead for the third time with 4:43 left in the half on one of Wright's layups, 25-23. The Hoosiers, whose first half lead was as high as eight points, took a 38-33 edge to the break.

Indiana had the lead for another 12 minutes into the second half and spread the gap to 13 points on two Vaden free throws with 13:05 left in the contest. A 15-1 run by Connecticut returned the lead to the hosts, 56-55, UC's last points coming on Boone's layup with 8:11 left to play.

Brown's two free throws exactly a minute later made the score, 58-55. Roderick Willmont's tipin of a Bracey Wright miss narrowed the score to 58-57 at 6:05. That's as close as IU would get the rest of the game, though they did close to within two points with 3:34 left.

UConn extended the edge to as many as seven points and stayed in front thanks to six straight free throws in the last 52 seconds.

UConn, now 3-0, hosts Northeastern on Monday, Dec. 6th at 7:30 p.m. at the Gampel Pavilion. Indiana (2-2) takes on Notre Dame on Wed. Dec. 8th in Bloomington at 7 p.m.

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