Providence Defeats Connecticut, 77-65

Dwain Williams drives to the basket against UConn.

Dwain Williams drives to the basket against UConn.

Jan. 17, 2008

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Dwain Williams scored 23 points, and Providence made a season-high 14 3-pointers in the Friars' 77-65 win over Connecticut on Thursday.

Williams, in his second game back from an ankle injury, was 6-of-9 from behind the arc, and Brian McKenzie hit all four of his 3s to finish with 20 points for Providence (12-5, 3-2 Big East). Geoff McDermott chipped in 12 points and Jeff Xavier had 11.

Jeff Adrien led UConn (11-5, 2-3) with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Doug Wiggins had 15 points and A.J. Price added 12.

Price picked up his fourth foul with 12:45 left in the game and the Huskies trailing 43-40. With the Husky starting point guard out, the Friars stretched the lead to 60-48. Price returned, but UConn would get no closer than nine the rest of the way.

Williams responded with a 25-foot shot to make it 66-54, and a 3-pointer moments later by McKenzie stretched the lead to 70-56.

The Friars hit 14-of-24 threes, topping their season high of 13 set Saturday in a win over South Florida.

UConn was 4-of-19 from 3-point range and shot just 24 percent in the second half and a season-low 37 percent for the game.

Connecticut led at intermission 34-32 after the teams traded runs and turnovers. Behind 7-4 early, UConn scored the next nine, sparked by Price, who had eight of the Huskies first nine points.

But Providence held the Huskies without a field goal for the next six minutes, and led 21-13 before UConn went on a 13-2 spurt.

The Friars stayed in the game by hitting six first-half 3s.

UConn Coach Jim Calhoun was back on the bench Thursday after missing the last 1 1/2 games from illness.



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