STORRS – Some thoughts, quotes and notes from UConn’s Double OT loss Georgetown.
Best game of the year.
It was, despite the UConn loss. Tremendous game. Omar Calhoun’s shot had your blood pumping, didn’t it? That UConn lost that seven-point lead over the last couple of minutes was tough to take, yes, and UConn players were hurting afterward.
“We had it and we gave it away,” DeAndre Daniels said.
But still, great game. UConn went toe-to-toe with the first-place team, with one of the hottest teams in the country. They’ve played interesting, exciting basketball all season, and this was another example.
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UConn did some interesting things on Otto Porter Jr., limiting him to one shot in the first half, and one point. Omar Calhoun was on him for a bit, and Niels Giffey, and then a lot of DeAndre Daniels.
“He’s a terrific player,” Porter said of Daniels, “He’s a tough kid, he tried to make things tough for me.”
A new Ollie-ism: “Adversity is the intersection between character and opportunity.”
Here is Kevin Ollie’s take on the game.
Georgetown had never won at Gampel, they were 0-3.
Shabazz Napier’s foot is an issue. He was in a walking boot, but I’d say he will play Saturday. He hopes with rest and treatment he will be able to go.
The Huskies had a 38 to 28 edge in rebounds, and lost. Here is your box score.
Daniels did not even realize he had a double-double. He was too upset to look at the stat sheet.
John Thompson had high praise for Kevin Ollie and UConn. “The core is still here [from the Calhoun era],” he said. “They may not run the same sets, but all the things that made Connecticut basketball successful are still here. …. They have a tremendous will to win.”
Here are some player quotes: