UConn Blows Out Suddenly Cold Marquette

Golden Eagles dealt 2nd straight Big East loss on the road
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2008 6:30 PM CST
Connecticut's Craig Austrie, right, drives against Marquette's James Dominic in the second half of UConn's 89-73 win in Storrs, Conn., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – UConn bounced back from two straight losses with its first win over a Top 25 opponent in nearly two years, 89-73, over No. 13 Marquette (13-4). Sophomore Hasheem Thabeet had 15 points, seven boards and six blocked shots, saying "we had poise today." The Huskies shot 56% from the field and were lights out on free-throws, converting 33 of 39.

Huskies coach Jim Calhoun's motivational ploy of posting the remaining schedule in the locker room Friday apparently worked as his team shot 56% and had a 29-point lead at one point in the second half. Marquette boss Tom Crean was concerned with his team's second-straight poor showing saying "we have to play with our hair on fire to be good."