Men's Basketball Defeated By UConn, 84-76

Dec 2, 2001

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Johnny Selvie scored 20 points, and reserve Ben Gordon added 19 points as Connecticut beat George Washington 84-76 Sunday to advance to the finals of the BB&T Classic.

Caron Butler had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies (3-0), who will face No. 5 Maryland in the championship game Monday night.

UConn improved to 5-0 lifetime at MCI Center and 4-1 all time against George Washington. The Huskies are unbeaten in three career games against Maryland.

Chris Monroe led the Colonials (4-3) with 27 points and nine rebounds, and T.J. Thompson had 19 points. George Washington will play Princeton in the consolation game Monday night.

UConn coach Jim Calhoun prevailed in his first meeting against first-year Colonials coach Karl Hobbs, a former Huskies player who was an assistant under Calhoun from 1994-2001.

Selvie, who hit 8-of-10 shots from the field for 16 first-half points, scored the first points of the game 20 seconds deep on a layup, and UConn never trailed.

Midway through the half, a 14-6 run turned the Huskies' 8-7 edge into a 22-13 lead with 10:48 left in the half.

Justin Brown had six points during the burst, which also featured 3-pointers by Tony Robertson and Gordon.

The Colonials were 13-of-38 from the field in the first half and trailed 49-36 at halftime. The Huskies converted eight George Washington turnovers into 14 first-half points.

Selvie and UConn's Taliek Brown fouled out late in the second half, and the Colonials got within 77-69 on a short jumper by Jaason Smith with 2:40 remaining.



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