An engrossing comeback attempt on the sixth-ranked team in the nation was abruptly cut off Tuesday night because Kevin Ollie couldn’t control his temper.
The UConn coach earned a technical foul with 2:44 remaining in his team’s game against Maryland at the Jimmy V Classic. Ollie was T’ed up after he made it rain box score sheets all over Madison Square Garden’s floor. Ollie was upset with a quick-whistle foul call on UConn freshman Jalen Adams immediately after Daniel Hamilton’s 3-pointer brought UConn to within three points.
The score was 67-64 Maryland at the time of the tech. UConn managed just two points thereafter.
Maryland won 76-66.
“I just hit the [table “” not found /]
where the stats people were at, and my hand caught the papers. I slapped that and the papers went flying,” Ollie said of the incident. “I don’t think it changed [momentum]. Melo was going to the foul line anyway.”
As you can see in the GIF above, Ollie did slap the table first, but then whooshed the paper off if after. That’s when he earned the T. The technical foul absolutely halted UConn’s comeback, which was cresting with a 13-2 push over the course of the previous 4 1/2 minutes. The coach on the opposite sideline certainly thought the paper toss turned things back his way.
“The technical definitely helped,” Terps coach Mark Turgeon said. “There’s no doubt about it. It gave us an extra point, but it helped us stem the tide a little bit.”
Maryland was helped yet again by the brilliant play of sophomore point guard Melo Trimble, who had 25 points vs. the Huskies. Trimble took 15 foul shots; UConn as a team attempted 12! Frosh center Diamond Stone came off the bench to have the best game of his college career, putting up 16 points and grabbing nine boards.
Connecticut had four of its five starters hit double figures; Hamilton led the team with 23. But it was an uneven affair for the Huskies, who were able to make a charge in part because they totaled eight steals and nine blocks.
Maryland is now 8-1, while UConn falls to 5-3. The Huskies began the year looking good, but in the here and now, this team’s only win of note has come agains a Michigan squad that got whooped at SMU on Tuesday night and is sitting at 6-3.
The Huskies’ next game comes Saturday at home against a desperate 4-4 Ohio State team.