Even at the Half

By David Scott - January 20, 2007

HARTFORD - Somehow, the UConn Huskies have managed to play better without their seven-footer, Hasheem Thabeet, than they were able to with him on the floor.

A Doug Wiggins three with two seconds left in the half knotted the game, 39-39 and culminated an impressive first half comeback by Calhoun’s bunch (which included a 24-5 run). Thabeet went out at about the 12 minute mark with two fouls, but UConn‘s bench provided a huge spark (outscoring the Hoosier reserves 12-3).

DJ White leads all scorers with 17 points and Stanley Robinson has 11 for UConn.

. . . UConn, which came out sluggish and a bit sloppy, made a ferocious sport form about the seven minute mark and played exactly the type of basketball that Jim Calhoun expects. The Huskies hold a 22-12 halftime rebounding edge and have dominated in the paint with a 26-8 edge in the lane.

. . . A Stanley Robinson 3-pointer gave the Huskies its first lead of the afternoon, 29-28 in the two minute area.

. . . DJ White’s twelfth and thirteenth points came on a soft shot off the glass, in the paint with three UConn players on him.

. . .Half time entertainment was provided by a break-dancing quartet. We felt like we were at a game in the early 80s.

. . . UConn shot 16 of 35 (.457) and .667 from 3-point land in the half (2 of 3); Indiana was 12 of 25 (.480) and .625 from beyond the arc (5 of 8).

Posted by David Scott at 04:49 PM on January 20, 2007

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