Wednesday, January 8, 2014

UConn Goes from Tears (Almost) to Cheers, Pulls Out Win Over Crimson

Interesting quote from DeAndre Daniels after UConn snapped its two-game losing streak with a 61-56 win over Harvard Wednesday night.

“It was kind of heart-breaking,” Daniels said of last week's two losses in Texas. “Everybody on this team is competitive. With those two losses in a row, in the second one, we had a lot of people sad, people had tears in the locker room.”

Players were actually crying after the SMU loss?

"Not literally crying," Daniels said, "but it was there, like, almost coming out, because (Kevin Ollie) hates losing, he just wants to win. That put fire in everybody. We were just tired of losing."

Daniels added the flight home was a long one.

"It was a pretty miserable ride home. Everybody was quiet. Nobody talked the whole way there, on the bus ride or the plane. We came to practice the next day and everybody worked hard."

The Huskies were far from perfect on Wednesday, but they got a win over a good (if depleted) Harvard squad. Never mind that the Crimson were without their top scorer (Wesley Saunders, 15.7 ppg). Never mind that UConn nearly squandered an eight-point lead with 35 seconds to play, after giving up a four-point play, a conventional three-point play, missing two of four free throws, giving up an easy drive to the hoop then turning the ball over on a travel with 9.1 ticks left.

A win is a win, and, as we point out in the game story, UConn desperately needed one on Wednesday. A must-win, even, as Ryan Boatright pointed out:

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