No. 1 Louisville 73, UConn 58

John F. Silver

HARTFORD, Conn. — UConn took its best shot at the nations top team in Louisville.

The Huskies led at the half and were shooting 53.8 percent from the floor.

It was a dream world for the Huskies. It soon turned into a nightmare.

Louisville put on a ferocious second half display of defense suffocating the Huskies by going on a 32-10 run to begin the half as they rallied to beat the Huskies 73-58 before 14,287 fans at the XL Center.

Russ Smith led the Cardinals (16-1, 4-0) with 23 points and Chane Benahan added 16 for the Cardinals. They weren’t the stars however. It was the Cardinals defense.

The Huskies (12-4, 2-2 Big East) shot 7 of 27 from the floor and committed 10 turnovers in the second half as the Cardinals outscored UConn 45-24. The rout was complete as Louisville led by as many as 18 in the second half as it rallied from a 34-28 halftime deficit.

Omar Calhoun led the Huskies with 20 points while Shabazz Napier added 12, but only two in the second half and finished 4 of 13 missing his last nine shots. Ryan Boatright struggled to get his shot and shot 4 of 10 for 11 points. The Huskies had 14 assists and 17 turnovers.

Louisville scored 19 points off turnovers and dominated the paint, 44-20.