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Updated: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 12:03 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(16) Connecticut 68, West Virginia 58

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (Ticker) -- Just as West Virginia was on the verge of overcoming another sluggish shooting performance, Rashad Anderson shot them down.

Anderson scored 22 points and Charlie Villanueva added 16 as No. 16 Connecticut continued its dominance of Big East Conference foe West Virginia, 68-58.

Hoping to bounce back from a tough loss against Pittsburgh on Saturday, where they blew a 17-point halftime lead, the Huskies (12-4, 4-2 Big East) captured their 10th win in 12 meetings with the Mountaineers, including a 9-1 mark in conference play.

After shooting 25 percent (7-of-28) from the field in the opening 20 minutes, West Virginia (11-6, 1-5) cut a nine-point halftime deficit to 47-42 on a three-point play by Mike Gansey with 7:18 remaining. But Anderson responded a basket from the right corner, his third 3-pointer of the game.

Tyrone Sally's driving layup got the Mountaineers within 52-46 with 5:44 left before Anderson responded with another shot from the arc.

"(Anderson) made open shots and (Marcus) Williams made two threes and he's only made eight on the year I think," West Virginia coach John Beilein said.

Anderson, who was not among the starting five for the first time this season, provided a spark off the bench, shooting 6-of-9 from the field and grabbing seven rebounds.

Refusing to sulk over not starting, Anderson has shown signs of breaking out of a lengthy slump. In seven games before Saturday, he shot just 25 percent (20-of-80). But he has made 9-of-17 3-pointers in his last two.

Villanueva converted 12-of-14 free throws and Williams chipped in 12 points and five assists for UConn, which shot 81 percent (25-of-31) from the line.

Josh Boone grabbed 10 rebounds for the Huskies, who crushed the Mountaineers on the boards, 47-27, in their first game at Morgantown since January 9, 1999. Connecticut is 4-1 all-time here.

Sally scored 16 points and Patrick Beilein added 12 for West Virginia, which shot 29 percent (18-of-62), its seventh straight game under 40 percent.

"I don't have more plays and we can't get people more open," Beilein said. "I've said just keep shooting it and keep shooting it."

The Mountaineers have lost six of those seven games, including the last five.


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