HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- His team down 13 points in the second
half, Connecticut reserve freshman guard Antonio Kellogg stepped
onto the floor with one thing on his mind -- defense.
"Stops. Just getting stops. That was the only thing that was
going to get us the 'W,'" Kellogg said.
He delivered. Kellogg made a key steal and helped spark a 17-1
run to rally Connecticut (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today; No. 7 AP) to a 74-69 win over Indiana on
Kellogg's 3-pointer kicked off the spurt and his steal and
coast-to-coast layup brought the crowd of 16,294 to its feet. Josh
Boone's inside bucket capped the run for a 56-55 UConn lead, which
the Huskies never relinquished.
Bracey Wright led the Hoosiers (2-2) with 28 points and four
steals. It was the second of four straight games for Indiana
against a ranked opponent. The Hoosiers lost 70-63 at North
Carolina (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today; No. 9 AP) on Wednesday night. They face Notre Dame (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today; No. 20 AP) and No. 8
Rashad Anderson scored 17 points and Rudy Gay had 10 rebounds
for the Huskies. UConn's bigger frontcourt, which has outrebounded
opponents by an average of 30 boards this season, was neutralized
early by Indiana's nearly all-guard lineup.
"It was going to be a hard game to dominate when the pace of
the game wasn't quite the way we wanted it to be," UConn coach Jim
Calhoun said. "Our counter adjustment was to go small ourselves
and I think our small guys were good enough."
Kellogg helped shut down Wright, who had been able to shake free
of UConn's big men. With Kellogg -- who finished with seven points
and three rebounds in 18 minutes -- and point guard Marcus Williams
on the floor, the Huskies were able to attack and jump start their
"They picked up their pressure on the floor. We weren't patient
enough to play through and try to get open shots and open layups,"
Indiana coach Mike Davis said. "We stopped executing and I think
part of it is the way they picked up defensively."
The Hoosiers pulled within two points with 3:45 left on a free
throw by Robert Vaden, but UConn hit 7-of-10 free throws down the
The Huskies struggled with turnovers and poor shooting, but
UConn's bigger frontcourt played stingy defense in the closing
minutes and outrebounded the Hoosiers 53-38.
Boone finished with 12 points and eight rebounds and Gay added
11 points. Williams led UConn with eight assists.
Vaden had 13 points for Indiana.
The game was No. 600 for Calhoun at UConn. In his 19th season
with the Huskies, Calhoun has a 435-165 record and two national
Both teams started out cold from the floor. But after hitting
just six of their first 26 shots, the Hoosiers found their
Wright had four of his 16 first-half points in a 14-4 run. His
jumper with 2:34 remaining gave Indiana its biggest lead of the
half at 33-25.
"This is the best we've run into this season," Wright said.
"You saw us execute for most of the game to a 'T' exactly how we
want to do it. This is something we have to put together for 40
Indiana scored 10 points off nine UConn turnovers in the period
and led 38-33 at the break.
The 6-foot-10 Boone, who finished with five blocked shots,
wasn't used to playing against the smaller lineup.
"It was kind of frustrating for a guy my size to have to run
around the court all day, but that's something we have to do,"
Boone said. "And obviously if teams are going to do that, we're
going to have to work on that a lot more."