Vols again post up upset of ranked foe
Posted: Monday, January 23, 2012 7:00 pm
By BETH RUCKER
AP Sports Writer
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Jim Calhoun hates when his Connecticut Huskies are outworked — especially in the paint. The problem is it keeps happening.
Connecticut struggled against a strong inside game from Tennessee, led by freshman forward Jarnell Stokes.
The Volunteers beat the 13th-ranked Huskies 60-57 on Saturday, holding the defending national champions to a season low in points.
“We have no post setup. I’ve been talking about that,” Calhoun said. “They made some big plays and defended us pretty well. Mainly they just dug, scratched and clawed. We thought on tape they played hard, and they played harder than we did. That’s how they won the game.”
Connecticut came in averaging 47.9 percent shooting but managed just 36.4 against a stingy Vols defense. Jeremy Lamb scored 23 points and Shabazz Napier finished with 18 for the Huskies, who saw forward Alex Oriakhi foul out with 5:53 left to play.
“We talked about getting the ball in the post, but who are you going to throw to?” Calhoun said. “Alex occasionally made a presence known, but no one else made a presence in there. (The Vols) had plenty of presence in the post. They outworked us, they were tougher than we were and they won the game.”
The Huskies have lost back-to-back games and three contests on the road this season.
“We’re not getting enough on offense. We’re not getting enough on defense. There is only so much each person can do,” Napier said. “If I knew what the problem was we wouldn’t be losing.”
Tennessee and Connecticut traded the lead six times in the first half in a game that was tied five times. Lamb drove past Stokes to the basket and hit a layup to send the Huskies into halftime with a 27-25 lead.
Published in The Messenger 1.23.12