HARTFORD-- Tie game, UConn inbounding the ball with 8 seconds left. Then this happened:
How did we get to this point? Well it looked like UConn was going to pull away for a somewhat comfortable win, up five with just under a minute left, but Cincinnati drained a three to get within two.
30 seconds left. Searing pains shooting through my heart.
Boatright missed the front end of a one-and-one to give the Bearcats the ball back. They proceeded to hit the game-tying bucket after Shaq Thomas pulled in an offensive rebound and put the ball back in to tie it up with just 8 seconds left.
Some other stuff happened too, this game was an absolute battle throughout. Kudos to Cincinnati and interim coach Larry Davis on a hard-fought fight to the finish. The Huskies didn't shoot particularly well for most of the game, going just 29.6% from the field in the first half, but came on strong to finish 38.2% for the game. Boatright and Purvis were the Huskies only double-digit scorers, with 18 and 17 points respectively. In general the Husky offense struggled mightily but somehow they found a way to win.
UConn will face Tulsa tomorrow in the semi-finals at 5pm on ESPN2.
We'll have more after the post-game press conference.