Hurricanes Fall to Huskies at the Paradise Jam Tournament
Nov. 23, 2008
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) – Hasheem Thabeet and the second-ranked Connecticut Huskies overpowered Miami in the Paradise Jam semifinals.
The 7-foot-3 Thabeet had 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting, and added 14 rebounds and seven blocks in 32 minutes in Connecticut’s 76-63 victory over Miami (No. 16 ESPN/USA today, No. 17 AP) on Sunday night.
“It’s not about me hitting the first shot or the last shot,” Thabeet said. “I give credit to my teammates and my coaches for executing the plays.”
A.J. Price added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (4-0) who will face Wisconsin in Monday’s 8:30 p.m. (EST)final. Miami (2-1) will play San Diego in the third-place game at 6 p.m. FSN (FSN-Florida in Miami) will broadcast both games.
“They played hard,” Miami coach Frank Haith said. “They played extremely hard.”
The Huskies shot 47.5 percent, while holding the Canes to 35.3 percent, and had a 48-30 advantage in points in the paint.