STORRS, Conn. (AP)—Jerome Dyson missed his first eight shots, but came back to score 22 points and lead Connecticut to a 67-55 win Wednesday night over Seton Hall.
Jeff Adrien added 12 points and 15 rebounds for UConn (16-9, 5-6 Big East), for his 14th double-double of the season and his seventh in the last eight games.
Brian Laing had 17 points for Seton Hall (12-12, 3-8). Eugene Harvey added 10, but hit just three of his 14 shots from the field.
UConn led by a dozen, 59-47, with 4:30 minutes left and went to a slowdown offense the rest of the way. The Pirates cut that to 59-51, before Dyson’s fourth 3-pointer put the game out of reach.
There were 11 lead changes in the game. Seton Hall had their largest lead, 39-34, after using a pressure defense to hold the Huskies scoreless for the five minutes early in the second half and going on a 10-0 run.
The teams were tied at 41 before Dyson hit a pair of 3-pointers from the baseline. When Hasheem Thabeet blocked a Stan Gaines’ shot and scored on a put-back at the other end, the Huskies led 49-41.
Thabeet scored just six points, but had nine rebounds and seven blocked shots.
Dyson finished the game 7-of-22 from the field, but was 4-of-8 from behind the arc.
The teams were a combined 19 of 67 shooting in the first half, and UConn hit just one of its first six shots, a Doug Wiggins’ dunk.
Five minutes into the game the teams were tied 4-4, before UConn went on a 10-2 run.
But the Pirates quickly countered, scoring 11 of the next 13 points, including three straight 3-pointers for 17-16 lead with 7:37 left in the half.
Thabeet hit a layup at the halftime buzzer to give UConn a 27-25 lead at the break.
The win gave UConn a two-game lead over Seton Hall, Rutgers and South Florida for the 12th and final spot in the 16-team league’s postseason tournament.
Seton Hall has lost six consecutive conference games, and is 0-6 in Big East road games.
UConn had lost nine of its previous 12 games.