Scores

Final

(5) Northeastern 57

(20-13, 14-4 CAA)

(4) Connecticut 59

(18-15, 7-11 Big East)

    7:00 PM ET, March 16, 2010

    Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Connecticut

    1 2 T
    #5NE 26 3157
    #4CONN 34 2559

    Top Performers

    Northeastern: N. Ojougboh 11 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Connecticut: J. Dyson 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast

    Dyson scores 13 of 18 in second half as Huskies advance

    Associated Press

    STORRS, Conn. -- Jerome Dyson scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half and Connecticut hung on to beat Northeastern 59-57 Tuesday in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

    Dyson, who scored a total of 18 points in his previous three games, had 11 of UConn's final 13 points to bring his team back from a six-point deficit. His free throws with 53 seconds left provided the winning margin, and snapped a four-game losing streak.

    "I didn't want it to go down and end like that," Dyson said. "I just tried to be more aggressive."

    Fast Facts

    • Connecticut snapped a four-game losing streak behind 18 points from Jerome Dyson, who had scored only four points in each of his last two games.

    • UConn gets its first win by five or fewer points and is now 1-7 in such games this season.

    • Jim Calhoun was Northeastern's coach the last time they beat UConn in 1985, and Calhoun remains Northeastern's all-time wins leader with 250.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    UConn's Kemba Walker had a chance to ice the game, but missed the front end of two 1-and-1s in the final minute.

    Baptiste Bataille's 3-point attempt, which would have won the game for Northeastern at the buzzer, fell short.

    "We did a good job following our game plan and we still had a shot in the last seconds," Bataille said. "It was a little unfortunate but we're happy with the effort."

    Matt Janning scored 17 points for Northeastern (20-13), which finished second in the Colonial Athletic Association. Manny Adako added 14 points.

    Connecticut (18-15), a perennial power in the Big East having a down season, advances to play the winner of Wednesday night's game between Quinnipiac and top-seeded Virginia Tech.

    Trailing 55-50 with just under five minutes left, UConn went to a press and denied Janning the ball. Northeastern missed four of its final five shots.

    Dyson hit a jumper and a 3-pointer to bring the Huskies within two points, then found Stanley Robinson underneath for a reverse layup that tied the game 57 with 1:41 left. Robinson finished with 14 points.

    "If it weren't for Jerome it could have been a whole other story," UConn forward Gavin Edwards said. "It's definitely nice to be on the receiving ends of one of those wins."

    Northeastern trailed by eight points at halftime, but a 15-4 run turned a 39-32 deficit into a 47-43 lead midway through the second half. They led 54-48 with 6 minutes left.

    Northeastern jumped to a 10-2 lead on one of Janning's four 3-pointers.

    But Connecticut took over from there, outscoring Northeastern 32-16 the rest of the half. UConn dominated in the paint, scoring 20-first half points down low and outrebounding Northeastern 23-14.

    It was 34-26 at the half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NE
    CONN
    Points 57 59
    FG Made-Attempted 23-56 (.411) 22-50 (.440)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-15 (.200) 2-9 (.222)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-11 (.727) 13-18 (.722)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 10

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