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Husky Upset Bid Crushed by the Orange

By Brad Toomey

For a moment, it seemed possible. For a minute, it seemed hopeful. For a second there, it looked like the UConn Huskies may just get out of Syracuse with a huge upset win. But as the final buzzer sounded, the familiar and bitter reality once again set in. The Huskies' comeback fell short, their road woes continued, and the disappointed looks on the players' faces took their positions.

For as much as you had to love the heart and courage this teamed showed in clawing their way back from a 16 point second half deficit you had to loath the commonplace inconsistency that dug them the hole to begin with. The Huskies once again played brilliant in the final ten minutes or so, but struggled at times in the previous thirty. Fundamental mistakes, lacking of focus, and some momentary lapses in effort have dogged the Huskies all year and Wednesday night was no different. Though it did look like a different result was conceivable as Jerome Dyson tossed up a three point attempt in the final seconds that could have given UConn the lead. But once again, it was not to be. The same turnovers (15) and missed free throws (6) proved costly and they were beaten by a team that frankly did not play very well either.

Officiating aside (I won't go there), UConn could have easily won the game with a couple more plays and if they had played with the same intensity and effort as the final ten minutes, well they could have blown out the orange. A 14-2 run is simply no good, if all it does is cut your deficit to four.

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