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February 19, 2008

Huskies rally to knock off DePaul

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HARTFORD, Conn. Hasheem Thabeet had 16 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocked shots and No. 13 Connecticut rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat DePaul 65-60 on Tuesday night to extend the Huskies' winning streak to 10 games.

Craig Austrie had 14 points and Jeff Adrien added 12 points and 11 rebounds for UConn (21-5, 10-3 Big East), which outscored the Blue Demons 27-7 over the last 10:30 of the game.

Draelon Burns scored 20 points for DePaul (10-15, 5-8), which has lost six of seven, while Will Walker added 10 points.

Burns had 10 points in DePaul's 14-0 run to open the second half that turned a one-point deficit into a 42-29 lead. UConn coach Jim Calhoun was forced to use two timeouts during the run, as the Huskies missed their first five shots.

UConn trailed 53-40 with just over 10 minutes to play, then went on an 8-0 run.

The Huskies trailed 57-50 with 5 minutes to play, before Austrie hit a 3-pointer, then a drove for a layup. A block by Thabeet led to a jumper by A.J. Price that tied the game at 57 with 4:06 left.

After Burns hit one of two free throws, Thabeet made a spinning layup with 3:31 left to give UConn a 59-58 lead, its first of the second half.

Adrien and Burns exchanged baskets but Burns missed a 3-point attempt that would have given DePaul the lead with under a minute left.

Austrie hit two free throws to give UConn a 63-60 lead. Walker then missed a 3-pointer on the other end, and Stanley Robinson iced the game with two foul shots.

For more coverage of Connecticut, visit UConnReport.com; for more on DePaul, visit TheDemonsDen.net.



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