UConn holds off BC

A few quick quotes and notes from UConn’s 72-70 win over Boston College Thursday night at MSG:

— THE HUSKIES HAD season-lows in points, shooting percentage and 3-pointers but still prevailed.

“It was like an old BC-UConn rivalry, coming down to the last possession,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “We gutted out a win.”

— THE GAME WASN’T over until Ryan Boatright’s block at the final buzzer.

There were 54 free throws attempted in the game but Lonnie Jackson didn’t get the call when Boatright challenged his final shot.

“I knew as soon as my man got his hands on the ball he was going to try and chuck it up. I just tried to contest it and stay away from body contact as much as possible,” said Boatright, who had nine points, five rebounds, four assists and his first two blocks of the season. “He tried to sell it. I thought they (officials) were going to call it the way my fouls were going. Thank God he didn’t call it.”

SHABAZZ NAPIER HAD 20 points but didn’t play quite as well as he had been lately. He also missed two of his four free throws in the final minute.

“We just kind of fell asleep in the second half when they were doing their back-doors and different plays. We had mental mistakes and we have to fix those,” Napier said.

Ollie said it was at least good that the Huskies showed they could win in different ways.

“It’s a gutty win. We can play any kind of way. We can play a free throw game, we can play a half-court game, we can play an up-tempo game, as long as we get the win,” Ollie said.

— BOTH BOATRIGHT AND Amida Brimah went down during the game, Brimah seemingly hurting his back and Boatright his jaw, but both re-entered and seemed OK after the game.

— THERE ARE NO plans for UConn and BC to play every season. At least, not yet.

The two could meet next year in Puerto Rico as part of that November event, but a traditional home-and-home isn’t on the table.

UConn AD Warde Manuel says he has had discussions with his counterpart at BC, Brad Bates, but that nothing is imminent.

“There’s nothing that’s in the works at this present time but we’re leaving the door open,” Manuel said. “We have great relationships and we have great respect for BC and what they’ve done. The past is behind us. We’re moving forward.”
UConn and BC are both scheduled to play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off next season, and could very well play in that event.



About Neill

Neill Ostrout covers the UConn men's basketball team for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester. He has been a member of the "Horde" for more than 16 years.
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