STORRS, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Rudy Gay and No. 2 Connecticut
look to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they
host Louisiana State on Saturday.After opening the campaign with 11 consecutive victories, the
Huskies dropped a surprising 94-79 decision to unranked
Marquette in the Big East Conference opener for both schools.After jumping out to an early lead, UConn looked lost on the
offensive end. The Huskies shot just 38 percent (27-of-71)
while going 17-of-34 from the free-throw line.Gay particularly struggled, scoring just eight points on 3-of-12
shooting while committing five turnovers in 29 minutes.
Arguably the most athletic player to come through UConn's
program, Gay has been battling a sprained ankle over the past
two weeks.The Huskies hope Gay will be back to full strength Saturday when
they take on a Tigers squad which has won just two of its last
five games.After closing 2005 with a 78-76 loss at No. 21 Ohio State on
December 31, LSU posted a 75-58 triumph over Tulane on Tuesday.Freshman Tyrus Thomas collected 20 points, nine rebounds and
four blocks and Glen Davis added 10 and 10, as LSU held Tulane
to just 32 percent (19-of-59) shooting.