By Mac Cerullo, Sports Editor
After a hot start, the Huskies couldn’t keep their early momentum going, and as a result they find themselves down 22-21 at the break. That’s right, 22-21, it’s been that kind of game for both teams.
The shooting percentages are brutal. UConn was 7-for-29 from the field (24 percent) and 3-for-11 from behind the arc (27 percent). They even had a stretch of 5:42 where they didn’t score a basket. Fortunately for the Huskies, the Wildcats didn’t score a whole lot during that stretch either, or at all for that matter. Villanova only shot 8-for-33 from the field as well (24 percent) along with 2-for-7 from three point range (28 percent).
What made the first half particularly frustrating to watch however was the fact that the Huskies jumped out to a 10-0 lead right away, and it looked like they would have the game in hand right off the bat. The crowd was outstanding for that stretch too, but as Villanova slowly crawled back into the game, the crowd lost some of it’s edge, and the players followed suit, playing sloppier as the half went on.
Regardless, the game is still close, and there is little doubt that whichever team comes out hungrier in the second half will likely come out on top.
Paul Pasqualoni speaks
One highlight of the first half that had nothing to do with the game came during a timeout, when new UConn football coach Paul Pasqualoni addressed the fans. He praised the fans for their energy and support, saying “I can feel your passion, your energy. We start up in 229 days, we’re going to need all of you.” The fans greeted his arrival with a standing ovation. If today is any indication, his hire has gone over very well with the fans.
Second half about to start here at Gampel. Further updates after the game.