Men's Basketball

UMass Falls To No. 7 UConn, 79-65

Shannon Crooks looks for an opening past UConn's Khalid-El Amin in the first half of Monday night's game.

Shannon Crooks looks for an opening past UConn's Khalid-El Amin in the first half of Monday night's game.

Nov. 22, 1999

Box Score

Associated Press Writer

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun remembers the old days - Massachusetts had big post players, Connecticut was trouble from the perimeter.

This year, they've swapped styles and strengths as No. 7 Connecticut used a strong inside game to hold off the uptempo Minutemen 79-65 on Monday.

Calhoun said UConn (3-1) doesn't look like teams of the past, "we have size inside and we'll play to that."

The Minutemen (1-1), led by speedy guard Monty Mack's 26 points, were able to run with the Huskies until they ran into the wall of post players anchored by 6-foot-11 centers Jake Voskuhl, Souleymane Wane and 6-10 forward Ajou Deng.

The three accounted for 20 points, 17 rebounds and all seven of UConn's blocks. UConn (3-1) outrebounded UMass 48-39, led by Edmund Saunders' 10 rebounds.

"We gave away too many second shots," UMass coach Bruiser Flint said, "and in the end they wore us down."

UMass got within 54-51 with 8:46 remaining in the game on consecutive 3-pointers from Mack, Jonathan DePina and Ronell Blizzard.

A 3-pointer from Albert Mouring and two free throws from Wane helped the Huskies build a 59-51 lead with 8:23 left. UMass had to resort to fouling at that point and the Huskies made 11-of-19 free throws down the stretch to ice the game.

Khalid El-Amin led UConn with 18 points. Saunders and Wane finished with 16 and 14, respectively.

The Huskies broke a 5-all tie with a 13-4 run early in the first half. El-Amin fueled the spurt with five points and reserves Wane and Ajou Deng each added four. The Huskies led 37-31 at the half.

Kitwana Rhymer had 17 rebounds for UMass.

Monday's game was the 102nd meeting between the schools. UConn has an eight-game winning streak against the Minutemen, winning 17 of the last 18 meetings and leads the series 64-38.




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