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UConn upset ends rivalry

HARTFORD, Conn. — Since the Big East was formed, there were always games that stood out on the conference schedule.

One of the best of the rivalries was Syracuse against Connecticut. Two Hall of Fame coaches, dozens of All-Americans, and a six-overtime game that took the rivalry to another level.

It's over for now.

Connecticut beat No. 6 Syracuse 66-58 on Wednesday night, the last scheduled game between the national powers.

Syracuse will play next season in the Atlantic Coast Conference while Connecticut will stay in the realigned Big East, though the Huskies could be enticed to head to another conference if asked.

"It's been a great series. Syracuse and Connecticut have played some great games over the years," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. "We couldn't stay together. I feel bad about the whole thing."

Freshman Omar Calhoun had 15 points, including three 3-pointers in a deciding second-half run, to lead Connecticut in the rivalry's finale, for now.

There is no chance they would meet again this postseason. Connecticut has been banned from the Big East and NCAA tournaments as part of a punishment for failing to post a passable APR score.

"We're open to playing anybody, but even if we did play it wouldn't be the same because your true rivals come from your conference," Boeheim said.

Their last game was a close one until Calhoun started hitting 3-pointers.

He started the run with a 3 that gave the Huskies the lead for good at 45-42 with 9:49 left.

Calhoun's others 3s were the last two baskets of a 13-4 run that gave UConn a 55-46 lead with 6:14 to play. The Orange (20-4, 8-3), which dropped into a tie for first place with Georgetown and Marquette, came up empty in four of its six possessions during the run.

Ryan Boatright had 17 points for Connecticut, and fellow guard Shabazz Napier had 10 points and seven assists.

NO. 1 INDIANA 76, NEBRASKA 47: Cody Zeller had 16 points for the host Hoosiers (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten), who won for the seventh time in eight games and tied Michigan State atop the conference.

CHARLOTTE 71, NO. 11 BUTLER 67: Pierria Henry had 17 points for the 49ers, who snapped a 12-game home winning streak by the Bulldogs (20-5, 7-3 Atlantic 10). Butler center Andrew Smith sat out with an abdominal injury.

NO. 17 OKLA. ST. 91, TEXAS TECH 67: Markel Brown had 25 points and matched a career high with seven 3-pointers to lead the visiting Cowboys (18-5, 8-3 Big 12), who have won six straight games.

NO. 21 NOTRE DAME 82, DEPAUL 78, OT: Jerian Grant had 21 points, including a big three-point play in overtime, and the host Irish (20-5, 8-4 Big East) beat the Blue Demons in overtime for the second time in 11 days.

NO. 22 MEMPHIS 93, UCF 71: Joe Jackson had 21 points and 10 assists for the host Tigers (21-3, 10-0 C-USA), who routed the Knights (17-7, 7-3) for their 15th straight victory.

68 IS ENOUGH: Mike Bobinski, chairman of the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee, said he's content with an NCAA Tournament field of 68 teams. The tournament expanded to 68 in 2011.


ECKERD 71, TAMPA 65, OT: Alex Bodney had 21 points and hit a 3-pointer in overtime that put the visiting Tritons (14-6, 7-5 Sunshine State) ahead to stay as they rallied past the Spartans (16-8, 3-8).

SAINT LEO 79, FLA. SOUTHERN 75: Trent Thomas had 15 points and Marcus Ruh hit a go-ahead layup with 1:02 left in the game for the visiting Lions (18-4, 10-2 SSC), who tied the Moccasins for first place in the conference.

UConn upset ends rivalry 02/13/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:42pm]
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