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UConn Wins Final Big East Battle Against Syracuse


Score: UConn 66, No. 6 Syracuse 58

Stars: UConn:Ryan Boatright 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk. Omar Calhoun 15 Pts, 6 Reb.

Story: It has been said before, and it will be said again tonight. No team in the country plays with as much heart as the UConn men's basketball team.

With nothing to play for except pride and respect, the Huskies took the floor against No. 6 Syracuse for one last go at their biggest rival in the Big East Conference, and they left the court with a monumental 66-58 victory.

The Huskies' win comes only two days after center Enosch Wolf was arrested and thus suspended by Coach Kevin Ollie.

UConn came out firing, setting the pace early and never letting Syracuse gain the upper hand.

Syracuse threatened to take the lead late in the first half, but the Huskies were able to get a couple of big stops before Ryan Boatright hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer that sent the XL Center into an uproar.

The Orange started the second half on a high note, putting constant pressure on the Huskies and putting themselves back in position to pull away, but UConn would have none of it.

It was not a perfect performance from the Huskies, but it was a gutsy and energetic game. UConn outrebounded the Orange, shot 57 percent from 3-point range, and held Syracuse to its lowest field goal percentage of the season.

In a season where little was expected of them, UConn is now 16-6 overall and 7-4 in the Big East. There is no tournament at the end to pay tribute to their success and determination. There is only the respect of the college basketball world and the love of their fans.

This was the game that the entire fan base built up to from the start of the season. This was the game UConn Country wanted to win. All anyone could think about was sending Syracuse out of the Big East on a sour note. Ryan Boatright only had one thing to say about his school's biggest rival after the game.

"They leavin' the Big East with a bad taste of UConn in their mouth."