UConn never led in Tuesday night's game against Tulsa and trailed by as much as 16 points with 7:46 to go. The Huskies went on a 19-11 run to end the game, but it wasn't nearly enough. The final score: 66-58.
"We waited until we were down 15 to play basketball," senior Ryan Boatright said, according to the Hartford Courant. "Just one of those nights, man, an off night.
Freshman Daniel Hamilton led UConn with 16 points and 12 rebounds (this third double-double of the season), and only Terrence Samuel (12 points off the bench) and Amida Brimah (11 points) scored in double figures.
But comebacks mean little when they come up short, at least in coach Kevin Ollie's mind.
"I put no stock [in the comeback]," he said. "It's easy when you're down 15 points. There's no pressure then. ...
"It's the same story as other games. We started off slow," the coach continued. "I thought Tulsa played hungrier than us. In every facet of the game they beat us. They beat us in the toughness. Guys came out and played and we didn't take the challenge."
This was the first AAC meeting between Tulsa and UConn and the loss drops the Huskies to 9-6 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The team returns to action on Saturday when they face Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.