Georgetown 79, UConn 78 in Double OT: Wrapping Things Up from Gampel

by Categorized: Big East, DeAndre Daniels, Kevin Ollie, Ryan Boatright, Shabazz Napier, UConn men's basketball

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.

You can’t ask more of them but, fans being  fans, they will. Don’t forget, our live chat Thursday at 10:45 a.m.

Here’s the main game story for the Thursday Courant.

And here are some great pics from our John Woike


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.”

Jeff Jacobs wrote on the Porter-Daniels matchup for the Thursday Courant.


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 notebook for the Thursday Courant will be on our main section later.


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:

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11 thoughts on “Georgetown 79, UConn 78 in Double OT: Wrapping Things Up from Gampel

    1. Village Iiot

      Amazing–Great Gutzy play from dedicated guys. I bet all those that transferred are missing being so good.

  1. JC

    Very entertaining game. Just wish Boatright would see the floor better in those “I’m going to win the game myself” moments. Missed Daniels at the end of regulation and Giffey at the end of 2nd OT. Both were WIDE open.

  2. Rev Kevin R Loughran

    Great game agreed on Boatright – he needs to keep the ball in the middle of the floor, get to the rim and dish or get the shot up so that others can get the rebound – he’ll learn though – they were hampered by Shabazz being hurt in those two key moments – also Giffey got bumped pretty hard shooting the 3 at the end of regulation – never will get that call but…..

    1. UCONNFB

      110% correct!
      Got to love the comeback effort and the OT play until the last 2 minutes.
      When you are up by 7 points you MUST MUST MUST guard the 3 point line. Give up a lay up; it’s only 2 points. DO NOT allow a 3 point shot. That plus poor execution when the game was their’s to be put away, cost the game. If a UCONN player gets to the hoop in the last minute I am sure the refs would have gotten them to the foul line.
      Re; Boatright not making the pass at the end of both OT periods, we might consider that because of his size he cannot see the whole floor well?

  3. Kingsford

    Calhoun was terrible in this game. If he did anything in the first half, we would have won.

    1. UCONNFB

      Are you kidding? This is a freshman who a year ago was playing HS ball. Now he is knocking down huge 3 point shots with 2.2 seconds left against G Town. he has been great all year and has a terrific future. Here’s another fact–of all players on this current UCONN roster Calhoun has the best NBA potential!

  4. ray-ray

    earlier in week, i stated boatright had to go—-his undiscipline and me first play cost uconn a big win.for all those people who jumped on me,how do you feel now?

  5. Ed

    I agree about Boatright, but while Shabazz might have been hurt he made several turnovers in key moments to slow UCONN’s momentum. And especially because he was hurt he should have dished off to Daniels more, Hoya’s had a hard time stopping him. It just seems Shabazz wants the individual glory to boost his NBA draft stature (note – he’ll get drafted and be a bust). He’s definitely a high risk-high reward player (more skilled version of Taliek Brown). His defense was horrible, even worse than usual because of his foot. With all that said; good move for UCONN to sign Ollie, players play hard (even Napier playing harder than he did last year!); future looks great!

  6. Ed

    But I don’t agree about Boatright needing to go – he’ll improve, especially when Napier leaves for the NBDL!

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