UConn Stomps Wisconsin 76-57 to Win Paradise Jam

Nov. 25, 2008 — With their 76-57 win Monday night over the Wisconsin Badgers, the University of Connecticut Huskies took home the men's championship title in this year's Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament.
In front of a packed house at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center, both teams came out firing, using contrasting styles: UConn used post play early behind teammates Hasheem Thabeet and Jeff Adrien, while Wisconsin was feeling it from the perimeter. A three from John Leuer put the Badgers up by five, 21-16,with about nine minutes left in the first half.
Disgusted by the amount of shots being made by Wisconsin, UConn coach Jim Calhoun called a time out. Coming out of the break, UConn ran a full-court-press defense, turning the momentum and what was once a five-point advantage for the Badgers into a 10-point deficit by halftime, 38-28.
Trying to recapture the energy of the first half, Wisconsin started the second period by going to the paint and by the 13:24 mark — after Tim Jarmusz hit one of two free throws — Wisconsin would get as close as two points, 45-43. But after Adrien's rebound, followed by the put back and the foul, Wisconsin found themselves back down by five, 48-43.
UConn went on a 28-14 run to close out the game and get the 19-point victory.
Jerome Dyson was the top scorer of the game with 21 points. Thabeet, named Most Valuable Player of the tournament, finished with nine points, seven rounds and three blocks.
Wisconsin was led by Keaton Nankivil, who finished with 11 points, followed by Trevon Hughes, Marcus Landry and Leuer, who all finished with nine.
Taking home the third-place trophy was the Miami Hurricanes, who defeated the San Diego Toreros 80-45 Monday. San Diego would finish fifth in the tournament. Taking home fourth place was Southern Mississippi, who edged Iona by one point Monday, 64-63. Iona took sixth place.
La Salle beat Valparaiso by five, 75-70, to take home seventh. Valparaiso finished the tournament in last place.
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