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UConn Let One Slipped By Them Against St.Joseph

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UConn Josh Carlton #25 goes up for two over St.Joseph Toliver Freeman # 11 Photo Credit-Christopher Winslow

STORRS, Conn. — Ryan Daly scored 30 points as St. Joseph’s held off the Huskies 96-87, on Wednesday night.

The Huskies dug themselves a 14-0 hole and looked completely out of sync in the first half of play.

Rahim Moore scored 22 points and Myles Douglas chipped in 18 points for the Hawks (2-1), who led by as many as 27 points in the first half and never trailed.

Christian Vital had 26 points for UConn (1-1) and Alterique Gilbert added 22 for the Huskies, who cut the deficit to three points in the second half before running out of gas.

St. Joseph opened the game with a 14-0 run. While UConn missed its first nine shots, St. Joe’s hit five of its first seven, including three of four from three-point range.

The Hawks were able to run their offense with little resistance and got comfortable in the paint area.

Gilbert stopped the onslaught for a moment with a Huskie’s first basket, a driving layup that came more than four minutes into the contest.

UConn is 6-3 all-time against the Hawks. This was the first meeting between the two schools since the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. UConn won that game 89-81 in overtime, beginning their run to a fourth national title.

St. Joseph’s made 13 of its 33 shots from 3-points range, but only 3 of 12 in the second half. The Hawks have put up 101 3-pointers in three games.

Poor decisions and defense down the stretch — a few costly turnovers — cost them the game. Gilbert and Vital had decent-looking numbers, they shot 5-of-21 and 5-of-19 from the field, respectively.

The Huskies will meet No. 15 Florida on Sunday and if UConn plays like it did today, it could be a long day for the old faithful UConn fans.