We saw it for most of last weekend. The UConn men’s basketball team would fall behind big and try to rally back. They were successful twice but couldn’t complete the rally on Sunday in The American Championship Game.
It was more of the same in first round of the NIT at Gampel Pavilion on Wednesday night. The Arizona State Sun Devils built up a big lead against the UConn Huskies only to see the home side come back to tie the game after being down 17. But in the end, the Sun Devils saw their shots fall while UConn’s didn’t as they won 68-61 in front of 6,045 fans and a nationally televised audience. UConn finishes their disappointing season at 20-15 while ASU improves to 18-15. The Huskies were without their leader, Ryan Boatright, who missed the game after injuring his shoulder in The American Championship Game. Rodney Purvis led the home squad with 19 points and five steals. Daniel Hamilton added 16 points and seven rebounds while Terrence Samuel had 10 points and six assists. Shaquielle McKissic led all scorers in the game with 22 points. Savon Goodman chipped in with 14 points and nine rebounds with Eric Jacobsen adding 12. Gerry Blakes rounded out the Sun Devils in double figures with 10 points. Arizona State Sun Devils @ UConn Huskies 2015 NIT First Round box score Here are UConn’s postgame quotes. Here are UConn’s postgame notes.