Connecticut vs Syracuse

UConn nips Syracuse at Madison Square Garden


NEW YORK (AP) Connecticut and Syracuse supplied plenty of great moments over the years at Madison Square Garden as members of the Big East. They had one more Monday night in a nonconference matchup.

Christian Vital made two free throws with 2.2 seconds to play to give Connecticut of the American Athletic Conference a 52-50 victory over Syracuse of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Tire Pro Classic.

Andrew White III hit a 3-pointer with 9.1 seconds left to bring Syracuse into a 50-50 tie. Rodney Purvis missed a 3-point attempt for the Huskies but Vital was fouled on the rebound. Syracuses final chance was a long inbounds pass that was stolen by Connecticut.

Vital, a 6-foot-2 freshman guard, said he knew Purvis was going to shoot so he just went to get position among bigger players underneath.

I definitely had a lot of nerves going to the line but the timeout they called helped me out a lot, Vital said. A lot of our veteran guys talked to me during the timeout and they said `Listen, were in your city. Take us home. And I was able to do that.

Purvis had 21 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (4-4) while Jalen Adams had 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Kentan Facey, who coach Kevin Ollie said has been battling a stomach virus, had a career-high 13 rebounds.

This is definitely a huge win for us, Purvis said. We had some early season struggles but to come together tonight in this atmosphere, in this historic place. It was huge for us to come out with the win.

White finished with 14 points for the Orange (5-3), who have lost three of four. Dajuan Coleman had 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for Syracuse.

I think the three games that we just played, two and a half of them the offense just wasnt good enough to win, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. Defense was pretty good tonight. We did a good job on the boards. We just could not score any points.

Neither team shot well and that made a lot of rebounds available as both teams finished with 42.

Connecticut finished 16 of 51 from the field (31.4 percent) while the Orange shot 25.9 percent (14 for 54). Syracuse was 6 of 26 from 3-point range and the Huskies were 7 of 25.

Once again it wasnt the most beautiful basketball game from an offensive standpoint but I thought the defense was great, Ollie said. Some new growth was made today.

Syracuse led 23-21 at halftime. The Orange used an 11-2 run to go up 37-26 with 13:11 to play. The Huskies finally started hitting some shots and they used a 19-7 run to take a 45-44 lead with 6:19 to play. Connecticut led the rest of the way except for the 50-50 tie.

What we need to think about is our offense, Boeheim said, We have to get better there.

These teams had met at Madison Square Garden many times when they both were in the Big East. The greatest of all their matchups was the 2009 Big East Tournament quarterfinal that Syracuse won 127-117 in six overtimes. Syracuse leads the all-time series 55-38.

We were thirsty for this opportunity and we were hungry to hit and the guys really hit and fought tonight and I was very proud of them, Ollie said.


Syracuse: The Orange are out of the Top 25 this week for the first time this season. They were 22nd last week and dropped out following a loss to Wisconsin in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. ... With no ranked teams on their schedule until mid-January it will be hard for the Orange to return to the rankings until then. ... Syracuse is playing in Madison Square Garden for the 35th consecutive season. It entered this game 94-76 all-time in MSG.

UConn: The Huskies are going to struggle all season to replace swingman Terry Larrier and guard Alterique Gilbert, both of whom are out for the season with injuries. Both were averaging in double figures when they were injured. ... This was UConns 115th game at Madison Square Garden. The Huskies entered this game 61-53.


These schools will meet again at Madison Square Garden next December in the 2017 Jimmy V Classic. Villanova and Gonzaga will also meet in one-night event.


The crowd was listed as 15,347 and they made it sound like an old-time Syracuse-UConn matchup.


Syracuse: The Orange host the Terriers of Boston University on Saturday.

UConn: The Huskies will make their first trip to Columbus, Ohio, in 33 years to face the Buckeyes on Saturday.

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Connecticut (4-4) «213152
Syracuse (5-3)232750
UCONN:R. Purvis 21 Pts
UCONN:K. Facey 13 Reb
UCONN:J. Adams 7 Ast
CUSE:A. White III 14 Pts
CUSE:D. Coleman 16 Reb
CUSE:F. Howard 3 Ast

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Jalen Adams
DaJuan Coleman
Connecticut Huskies
J. Adams, G404-116-977116
R. Purvis, G386-154-473121
C. Vital, G280-62-22012
A. Brimah, C211-30-24042
S. Enoch, F110-50-22130
K. Facey, F293-41-413237
V. Jackson, F180-50-01020
J. Durham, F152-20-02024
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Syracuse Orange
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T. Battle, G352-61-21247
D. Coleman, C284-62-5161310
F. Howard, G270-93-43343
J. Gillon, G160-40-01210
T. Roberson, F132-52-32016
T. Thompson, F41-21-20003
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D. Akintobi-Adeyeye, F00-00-00000
M. Sutton, G00-00-00000
A. Autry, G00-00-00000
S. Belbey, G00-00-00000
K. Feldman, G00-00-00000
J. Radner, G00-00-00000
E. Dourdas, G00-00-00000
B. Bayer, G00-00-00000
R. Featherston, G00-00-00000
M. Moyer, F00-00-00000
Totals 14-5416-243491850
American Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wichita St.0-08-114
E. Carolina0-05-4333
So. Florida0-04-6325

TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Boston College1-07-374
Florida St.0-09-030
Miami (Fla.)0-08-049
N. Carolina0-09-16
Va. Tech0-09-1109
NC State0-08-281
Notre Dame0-08-260
Wake Forest0-06-4161
Georgia Tech0-04-4229
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