Connecticut's Jerome Dyson scores two while being guarded by Harvard's Andrew Van Nest during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)
Dec. 6, 2009
STORRS, Conn. - Senior guard Jerome Dyson (Potomac, Md.) narrowly missed his first career triple-double as 14th-ranked University of Connecticut men's basketball held off pesky Harvard, 79-73, Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 9,194 at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion.
The Huskies are now 6-1 on the season while the Crimson drop to 6-2 on the campaign. Dyson finished with 24 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and tied his career-high with nine assists. He registered 20-plus points for the 19th time in his UConn career, and fifth time in eight games this year. Dyson was particularly effective in the first half when he scored 16 points on seven-of-11 shooting. He struggled from the field after intermission, making just one-of-12 attempts, but he shattered his career rebounding mark by four, including grabbing 10 on the defensive end.
Connecticut increased a 41-34 halftime lead to 15, at 58-43 before Harvard , paced by Jeremy Lin rallied. Lin scored 16 points over the game's final 12 minutes as the Crimson got within as little as four points, but the Huskies were able to earn the hard-fought win.
Sophomore point guard Kemba Walker (Bronx, N.Y.) scored 20 points on six-of-nine shooting and added four assists. He scored at least 20 points for the sixth time in his Husky career.
Also registering double figures in scoring for Connecticut were forwards Stanley Robinson (Birmingham, Ala.) and Gavin Edwards (Gilbert, Ariz.). Robinson recorded his 12th career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Edwards had 12 points and five rebounds. In addition, Edwards set his career standard with six of the Huskies' 13 blocked shots.
Connecticut shot the ball well in the first half, making half of their 34 attempts, only to return to shoot just 32 percent after halftime. The Huskies won the battle of the boards, 46-37, although they were uncharacteristically out-scored in points in the paint, 38-33. UConn made 27 free throws and committed just 12 turnovers. Lin finished with 30 points, on 11-of-18 shooting. He added a team-high nine rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Connecticut returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 6 when they travel to Madison Square Garden to play Kentucky in the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational. Game time is set for 9:30 p.m. and the contest will be nationally-televised by ESPN.