4 UConn Players Suspended As Huskies Fall to WVU

West Virginia topped UConn 78-68 in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Sunday.

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UConn suspended four members of the men's basketball team before a loss to West Virginia in the final game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Sunday.

Omar Calhoun, Rakim Lubin, Dan Guest and Marcel Lewis were all suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules, according to a release from UConn Athletics. The status of the players will be reevaluated when the team returns to Storrs, the release stated.

The Huskies that did take the floor had a tough time handling West Virginia's pressure all night as the Mountaineers beat UConn 78-68.

Juwan Staten had 23 points for West Virginia as Jonathan Holton and Daxter Miles, Jr. added 10 points each.

The Mountaineers (5-0) never trailed in the game, and forced UConn into 19 turnovers in the victory over their former Big East Conference rivals.

Staten was named the tournament Most Valuable Player. Teammate Devin Williams also joined him on the all-tournament team.

Ryan Boatright led the Huskies (3-1) with 17 points. Daniel Hamilton added 15 points and 11 rebounds. But Hamilton also led the team with eight turnovers.

Boatright and Hamilton also made the all-tournament team, along with Dayton's Jordan Siebert and George Mason's Shevon Thompson.

The Mountaineers led by 15 in the first half and managed to counter several mini-runs by the Huskies in the second half.

Connecticut got it down to 50-44 on a basket by Daniel Hamilton. But a steal and layup by Gary Browne silenced the Huskies fans and set up a period that saw Connecticut score just one field go over about a 5 minute span.

After The Huskies cut the lead to 64-54 with 6:15 to play, Browne again came up big with a 3-pointer.

The Huskies make the Mountaineers pay for extending their defensive pressure full court, getting easy dunks on the other end. More often, though, it was Connecticut that seemed to come unglued on the offensive end after expending energy to attack West Virginia's pressure.

West Virginia went to its pressure early, forcing 10 first-half turnovers, and turning them in 14 points on the other end on the way to a 47-32 halftime lead.

The Mountaineers got easy looks at the basket in the period, scoring 20 points in the paint, while holding the Huskies to 2 for 11 from the 3-point line.

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