Thursday, November 20, 2014

UConn Beats the College of Charleston to Advance to the Semi-Finals of the Puerto Rico Classic

#17 UConn (2-0) 65 - College of Charleston (1-2) 57 

UConn was able to survive and advance to the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip Off this afternoon after letting the College of Charleston Cougars hang around for the entire game.  Despite the fact the Charleston was doing its best to have everyone on their team foul out of the game, UConn was unable to distance themselves due to another poor shooting outing.

UConn held a big advantage in free throw attempts against Charleston (27 to 15) but was only able to convert on 63% of them.  Besides Daniel Hamilton, the Huskies also shot a paltry 3-13 from three. Hamilton is starting to assert himself as the second banana to Boatright and so far, he looks like he has the ability to pull it off.  I like him more every time I see him play.  He has that next level confidence.  Besides those two though, they are going to need another person to be able to score if they want to be any sort of threat going forward.  I'm hoping that person is Rodney Purvis, but he looked completely hesitant to shoot the ball or make any definitive moves to the hoop today.  Let's hope that gets better the more he's on the floor as he continues to get comfortable out there.

Ryan Boatright led all scorers with 19 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Daniel Hamilton dropped 15 of his own, going 3 for 3 from long distance.

It wasn't pretty, but I never really felt like the contest was in much doubt either, even when Cougars were hitting some threes down the stretch.

Some quick notes on the game:

  • Boatright (1,237 pts) needs 10 more points to tie Tate George (1,247) for 31st on the all-time scoring list at UConn.
  • I don't know if I'll ever feel comfortable when Brimah gets the ball with his back to the basket in the post.  It's too awkward for me.
  • I think I'm going to start calling Daniel Hamilton, "Danny," if anyone cares.
  • Canyon Berry (son of Rick Berry) was on Charleston and just like his dad, he can stroke it from distance.  He went 2-4 from beyond the arc and had 10 points on the game.  I'm surprised they didn't try to get him some more outside looks.  Maybe it's because he shoots free throws like this....
  • Facey had a nice backdoor cut and dunk for UConn's first hoop of the game and then disappeared for the duration of the game, because he's Kenton Facey.
  • So I guess Sam Cassell, Jr. is the odd man out with Purvis back in the starting lineup.  I thought it might be Facey but it makes sense for Purvis to replace Cassell so that we still have some size out there up front.
  • Rakim Lubin continues to look like a human monster truck.
  • Phil Nolan stat line: 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 1 turnover, 2 fouls.  Solid.  He's probably saving it for the next game when they need him more.

Next Up, UConn takes on the Dayton Flyers in the semifinals at 2:30 PM tomorrow afternoon.