John F. Silver
The Huskies, on the heels of a Ryan Boatright 3-pointer to end the half, lead No. 6 Syracuse 29-24 at the XL Center.
UConn’s done this despite nine first half turnovers and giving up eight second chance points to the Orange. It’s a good sign for the Huskies so far as it is holding the Orange to 33 percent shooting, 10 of 30 in the first half. The key is the ball pressure of Boatright and Shabazz Napier making things difficult in the halfcourt for guards Michael Carter-Williams and Brandeon Triche.
Triche is 1 of 6 shooting while Carter-Williams is 2 of 6 shooting for the Orange.
Boatright and Napier each lead the Huskies with five points, which had seven of eight players score in the half.
The Huskies have some foul trouble as Tyler Olander has three fouls in the first half. Phil Nolan has come on an given UConn some good minutes. It’s the first extended minutes for him since December and he has four rebounds in 10 minutes.
James Southerland has a pair of 3-pointers to lead Syracuse.
UConn holds a 14-10 advantage to points in the paint.