Men's Basketball Downed By UConn, 69-59
Dec 11, 2001
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - Tony Robertson led Connecticut with 15 points, and hit a key 3-pointer to fend off a Massachusetts comeback, as the Huskies defeated Massachusetts 69-59 on Tuesday.
It was the 11th straight victory for UConn (5-1) in the 105-game series.
UMass, which has lost its last three games, fell to 4-3.
UConn led 36-23 at halftime, but UMass scored the first eight points of the second half. After a pair of three throws by Eric Williams, the Minutemen closed to within four points, 41-37, but could never get any closer.
A rebound hoop by Micah Brand put UMass within five, 56-51. But Robertson's 3-point shot with 2:51 to play put UConn ahead 59-51.
Caron Butler, Emeka Okafor and Taliek Brown all had 13 for Connecticut.
UConn took the early lead with an early 8-0 run, maintaining control for the rest of the half. Two Robertson scores, including a 3-pointer, gave the Huskies their biggest lead of the half at 27-14.
UMass was 1-for-18 from 3-point range.