Omar Calhoun's freshman year has not always been the stuff of dreams. He has struggled to find his shot at times, and his ball-handling skills have been challenged.
But his confidence, at least to those around him, hasn't waned.
"Omar has enough confidence," Ryan Boatright said. "He doesn't need any more."
The game was tied and Ryan Boatright made a move to the basket. Four Friars converged.
"The whole team collapsed on me," Boatright said. "So I had to kick it out. Omar was wide open."
Calhoun took the past and unleashed one of his unorthodox shots and it was true, giving UConn a 79-76 lead with 42 seconds to play. Calhoun pumped his fist and let out a roar, as if he knew this was his biggest shot yet in a UConn uniform.
"It doesn't matter if you're a freshman, a sophomore, we're all basketball players out there," said Calhoun, who scored 13 points. "I just knew I had to be ready. That's what I've been working for."
One thing UConn has not had to worry about is Calhoun shying away after missing shots. He was 4 for 7 in this game, though, and 2 for 5 on threes.
"He doesn't shy away from a big shot, from the big stage," Kevin Ollie said. "But the play was made by Ryan, with his penetration. Then to spot a freshman out there and hit him, that was a great point-guard play."
Under The Weather
Tyler Olander didn't practice early Thursday; he is fighting off flu symptoms. But after getting out on the court for the pregame warm-ups, he remained in the starting lineup. He did pick up two quick fouls. … Boatright winced after hitting a three-pointer early in the game, having rolled his ankle. He does that a lot, as he did in Germany against Michigan State. But here, as he did there, Boatright came right back into the game and ended up playing 42 minutes. "I knew I had to get back in there," he said. Boatright has been playing with tendinitis in his left knee. He rolled his right ankle during this game. … The game provided a family reunion for UConn assistant coach George Blaney. His son Brian is on the Providence staff. … Vincent Council, who did not start for Providence, a coach's decision, had 15 points and 10 assists in 31 minutes. "I know when he came into the game, he made an impact," Ollie said. … New London's Kris Dunn was 1 for 7 from the floor, getting seven points, eight rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal. He had two turnovers. Dunn's block, the only one PC had in the game,. stopped UConn on its last possession in regulation, forcing OT. … The Huskies had 10 blocks by six different players. … UConn's last win at the Dunkin' Donuts center was Jan. 28, 2006. The Huskies had lost three in a row here. Providence and UConn play again in the season-finale at Gampel on March 9.