UConn tops Wisconsin to win Paradise Jam

Posted: November 25, 2008

The second-ranked Connecticut Huskies will head back across the Atlantic Ocean sporting a championship trophy after sweeping the Paradise Jam tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Jerome Dyson scored 21 points and Connecticut beat No. 25 Wisconsin, 76-57, last night in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.

"This was a very good win for us, because we proved we could press. It's just amazing what our press did against a team as good as Wisconsin," Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said. "We squeezed them with our pressure and our defense."

Jeff Adrien had 14 points and Kemba Walker added 12 points and four steals for the Huskies (5-0), who led, 38-28, at halftime. Hasheem Thabeet, who finished with nine points, seven rebounds and three blocks, was the tournament MVP.

"We're here!" the jubilant 7-3 junior center said as he held the Paradise Jam trophy, surrounded by his teammates.

Outside the locker room, Dyson said securing the tournament championship was a big boost.

"It feels great. We've been waiting for this moment a long time," said Dyson, whose steal followed by a thundering dunk with 11:52 left in the second half brought Connecticut's fans to their feet.

UConn scored 31 of its points off turnovers.

Keaton Nankivil led the Badgers (4-1) with 11 points.

Brian Asbury scored 14 points to lead No. 22 Miami (4-1) to an 80-45 over San Diego to claim third place.

In other games:

* At Lahaina, Hawaii, Tory Jackson had 21 points and fellow guard Kyle McAlarney added 18 to lead No. 8 Notre Dame to an 88-50 victory over Indiana in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. In today's semifinals, the Fighting Irish (3-0) will face No. 6 Texas, which beat Saint Joseph's, 68-50 . . . Senior Danny Green scored a career-high 26 points and No. 1 North Carolina, resting reigning player of the year Tyler Hansbrough (shin), beat Chaminade, 115-70. The Tar Heels (4-0) will play the Oregon-Alabama winner semifinals tonight.

* At Kansas City, Paul Harris had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Jonny Flynn scored 18 points and Syracuse (4-0) beat No. 17 Florida, 89-83, in the semifinals of the CBE Classic . . . Cole Aldrich had a career-high 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked six shots, helping No. 22 Kansas (3-0) rout Washington, 73-54.

* At Wake Forest, Jeff Teague scored 14 points and the No. 19 Demon Deacons (3-0) routed Winston-Salem State, 62-31.

* At Davidson, Stephen Curry scored 39 points and the No. 24 Wildcats (4-1) beat Florida Atlantic in an NIT Season Tip-Off consolation game, 76-60.

In a women's game:

* At Virginia, Chelsea Shine scored 15 points and Whitny Edwards added 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the No. 16 Cavaliers (3-1) over Colorado, 77-43.

Noteworthy

* An MRI exam on UCLA senior center Alfred Aboya's left wrist was negative, and he was listed as probable for the 13th-ranked Bruins' game against Florida International on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. He was hurt in Friday night's 77-60 victory over Southern Illinois in the consolation game of the 2K Sports Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Meanwhile, SIU center Nick Evans will be out 4 to 6 weeks after breaking his left wrist in that game.

* North Carolina, Connecticut and Louisville held the top three spots in the Associated Press' poll. Xavier moved into the rankings at No. 16 after winning the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Villanova is No. 20.

Connecticut held on to the No. 1 spot in the women's poll.

* Louisiana-Monroe suspended seniors David Garrison and Tony Hooper indefinitely for unspecified violation of team rules. *

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