UConn's season ends in bizarrely apathetic fashion

Following his team's season-ending loss to South Florida over the weekend, Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun vowed to bench three seniors and shake up his starting lineup in an attempt to "wake-up" his free-falling club. The starting lineup didn't change and neither did the final result as the Huskies appeared apathetic for the better part of 40 minutes and were routed by No. 13 St. John's, 73-51. 

 The Johnnies jumped out to a ten-point lead early in the first half and UConn never got any closer than eight. Sean Evans led the way for the Red Storm, scoring 19 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Paris Horne added 13 points. 

Remarkably, Connecticut has now lost six straight Big East Tournament games. 

It was an almost bizarrely apathetic performance from the Huskies, who capped one of the more bizarre seasons in program history.

The Huskies began the season ranked 13th but lost three straight games in early January and fell out of the top 25. On Jan. 20 Calhoun announced that he was taking a medical leave of absence for reasons he wouldn't detail. Three days later the Huskies routed then No. 1 Texas, a performance they more than counteracted by promptly dropping their next three. Left for dead by most bracketologists, they then responded by stringing together a three-game winning streak that included a pair of victories over top-ten opponents. Naturally, that run was followed by a season-ending streak of four losses. There had also been talk in the days leading up to the game that Calhoun, the man who built the program from virtually nothing, would not be returning to Connecticut.

The win was a check in the corner of Norm Roberts, the embattled St. John's head coach who many feel needs a strong showing in Madison Square Garden to keep his job.

The Red Storm will face No. 5 Marquette tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.

 

ST. JOHN'S RED STORM
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Sean Evans, F 28 7-9 0-0 5-5 4 10 1 2 0 0 4 19
D.J. Kennedy, G-F 25 3-5 1-1 1-2 1 4 3 2 1 3 2 8
Anthony Mason Jr., F 11 1-4 1-2 0-0 1 4 0 0 1 1 3 3
Malik Boothe, G 36 4-4 0-0 0-0 0 3 9 4 0 2 1 8
Paris Horne, G 34 5-10 2-2 1-1 4 4 1 2 0 2 3 13
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
John Taubeneck, G 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Omari Lawrence, G-F 15 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 4
Dele Coker, F-C 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Justin Burrell, F 17 2-8 1-2 0-0 2 4 0 0 0 2 4 5
Malik Stith, G 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Justin Brownlee, F 27 5-13 2-6 1-2 1 4 2 1 4 2 3 13
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
29-58 7-13 8-10 15 35 17 12 6 13 21 73
50.0% 53.8% 80.0%
 
CONNECTICUT HUSKIES
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Ater Majok, F 17 0-2 0-0 1-5 1 2 0 0 3 0 1 1
Stanley Robinson, F 36 5-8 0-0 0-1 5 8 2 0 2 2 0 10
Alex Oriakhi, F-C 18 1-4 0-0 0-2 1 4 0 0 0 0 2 2
Jerome Dyson, G 26 2-6 0-1 0-0 0 4 2 2 0 9 2 4
Kemba Walker, G 37 4-17 2-8 2-6 2 5 4 3 0 3 4 12
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Donnell Beverly, G 10 1-3 1-1 0-0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 3
Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, F 13 3-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 6
Darius Smith, G 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 2
Gavin Edwards, F 30 4-10 0-0 3-4 6 6 1 1 1 4 3 11
Charles Okwandu, C 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
21-56 3-10 6-18 20 35 10 6 6 19 15 51
37.5% 30.0% 33.3%
 

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