Huskies honor Newtown victims

Members of the Connecticut's cheer, dance and basketball teams participate in a service honoring those killed in a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last Friday. The service was held before an NCAA college basketball game between Connecticut and Maryland Eastern Shore in Hartford, Conn., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

Members of the Connecticut’s cheer, dance and basketball teams participate in a service honoring those killed in a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last Friday. The service was held before an NCAA college basketball game between Connecticut and Maryland Eastern Shore in Hartford, Conn., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

John F. Silver

HARTFORD, Conn. — The UConn men’s basketball team held a moment of silence for the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. prior to its game against Maryland Eastern-Shore at the XL Center.

During the national anthem, the players and cheerleaders stood in a circle with candles representing each of the victims.

“I want to take this timeout to thank guys and cheerleaders for what we did at beginning of the game,” coach Kevin Ollie said postgame. “It’s a great tribute to all the victims. It’ a sad day, but we will not just continue to have moments, but a movement so we can stop this violence. Moments aren’t enough, we have moments then it goes away. Hopefully, we have a movement and we get down there soon.”

patchThe Huskies men’s and women’s basketball team will also wear a special patch for the rest of this season to honor the victims.

The patch is a rectangle with a green background, a black outline and the letters “SH” in white. The school colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School are green and white.

UConn bench personnel and others associated with the game will also be wearing special green and white ribbons.