Daly and Moore lead Saint Joseph’s past UConn, 96-87

Courtesy of SJUHawks.com

STORRS, Conn. – Ryan Daly scored a career-high 30 points and Rahmir Moore added 22 as the Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball team held off Connecticut, 96-87, on Wednesday evening at Gampel Pavilion.

Up by as many as 27 points in the first half, the Hawks (2-1) saw their lead cut to three, 79-76, with 4:42 to play in the second half.

Daly and Moore combined for the next nine Saint Joseph’s points, with Lorenzo Edwards putting an exclamation on an 11-3 run with an emphatic steal and slam with 1:31 left.

Saint Joseph’s closed out the game going 6-8 from the line to pick up its first win over the Huskies since March 8, 1965.

Playing their second of six straight road contests, the Hawks came out on fire as they ran out to a 14-0 edge as Daly and Myles Douglas score eight and six points, respectively.

A Moore free throw at 6:34 gave the Hawks their biggest lead of the game, 46-19, with Saint Joseph’s taking a 54-38 lead into the second half.

In the second stanza, Connecticut used a 21-4 run to make it 73-69 on a layup by Christian Vital at 8:22.

Saint Joseph’s pushed the lead up to eight, but the Huskies answered back to make it 79-76 before the frantic final minutes.

For the game, the Hawks shot 45.7 percent from the field, going 32-70 overall, while knocking down 13-33 from three-point range (39.4 percent) and 19-33 from the foul line (57.6 percent).

The Hawks remain on the road as they head to Loyola Chicago this weekend for a Saturday matchup with the Ramblers.

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