Connecticut Huskies vs Pitt Panthers Febuary 2, 2008

Photographs of UConn vs Pittsburgh basketball

Connecticut's 60-53 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday, Feb 2, 2008 in the XL (Hartford) Civic center was Connecticut's fifth straight and third in that span over a ranked team. The midseason run while being short handed has moved the Huskies into third place in the Big East Standings and should put them back into the Top 25 rankings, "The teams we're playing are pretty good, people have to notice that," Huskies coach Jim Calhoun was quoted saying. Saturday's Big East Slugfest was one of those games. A big physical Big East team, Pitt vs UConn is what the Big East is all about. A.J. Price has been the Huskies' best player during the winning streak and he was again against the Panthers, scoring 21 points to go with with five assists. Price has averaged almost 20 points, six assists and five rebounds during Connecticut's recent run. The game wasn't decided until the final couple of minutes. According to Calhoun "You have to watch the tape of that in black and white. That was the Big East I was weaned on -- put on the gloves, 12 rounds, last man standing," he said. "That was a tough, physical basketball game." Craig Austrie's 3-pointer with 2:03 to play gave Connecticut (16-5, 6-3) a 54-51 lead. After Gilbert Brown made two of three free throws for the Panthers (17-5, 5-4) with 1:42 to go, Price scored on a drive with 1:09 left and then added two free throws with 37 seconds left for a 58-53 lead. Sam Young, who led the Panthers with 18 points, missed a 3-point attempt and Jeff Adrien closed the scoring with two free throws with 25 seconds to go. This was Connecticut's third win since Calhoun suspended guards Jerome Dyson and Doug Wiggins after they were caught with alcohol on campus. Wiggins, a sophomore reserve, returned against Pittsburgh and had two points in 11 minutes. Dyson, the Huskies' co-leading scorer with Price at 14.3 per game, remains on indefinite suspension. Wiggins commented "It won't happen again," he said. "I'm happy to be on my team. That's all I'm really worried about right now. I messed up and I'm glad to be on my team and have another chance." Jeff Adrien added 14 points for the Huskies and Austrie had 13, including three of Connecticut's four 3-pointers.

All images COPYRIGHT 2008 JERRY MOLAVER

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