HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Jeff Adrien had 19 points and Connecticut ended a five-game losing streak Saturday by beating Rutgers 61-50 in overtime.
Connecticut (14-8, 3-6 Big East) won despite not scoring a field goal in the final 4:37 of regulation or in the extra period.The Huskies' last field goal, by Craig Austrie, put them up 42-34.But the Scarlet Knights chipped away and pulled within two when Anthony Farmer hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in regulation.UConn extended the lead back to three, but Farmer grabbed the rebound of a missed free throw by Stanley Robinson, drove down the right side of the court and hit a running shot from just behind the arc as time expired.Another 3-pointer by Farmer with just over three minutes left in overtime gave the Scarlet Knights the lead at 50-49, but UConn ended the game on an 12-0 run, all on foul shots.UConn was 24 of 36 from the line.Adrien scored 14 of his points after intermission. Jerome Dyson and Austrie each had 13 points for UConn and freshman center Hasheem Thabeet added eight points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.Jaron Griffin led Rutgers (9-14, 2-8) with 18 points, and Farmer had 13. The Scarlet Knights played without J.R. Inman, the team's leading scorer and rebounder, who was attending funeral services for his grandmother. Three other Scarlet Knights -- Adrian Hill, Hamady N'Diaye and Ollie Bailey -- fouled out. Bailey gave the fans an obscene gesture as he left the court.Rutgers didn't start a player over 6-foot-8 and the 7-3 Thabeet dominated inside early, scoring all eight points, pulling down eight rebounds and blocking three shots before intermission.The two teams combined for just 14 first-half baskets and 39 points before intermission. Rutgers hit 20 percent from the floor, on 5-of-25 shooting.UConn wasn't much better, shooting 32 percent and making just nine first-half field goals, but led 23-16 at the break.Griffin then hit two 3-pointers to pull the Scarlet Knights to within 28-26, before UConn went on a 10-3 run.Rutgers shot 48 percent in the second half, while holding Connecticut to 24 points.The win was Jim Calhoun's 747th, and he is just one victory shy of 500 at Connecticut.Rutgers has now lost seven of its last eight games.