INDIANAPOLIS — After a 5-year absence from March Madness, the UConn Huskies returned on Saturday night to face the University of Maryland Terrapins. Down by 11 at the half, UConn fought back to within five points in the fourth quarter, but missed opportunities, particularly at the free-throw line, sent the Huskies home early.
UConn started well but Maryland's defense quickly rebounded and hemmed in the Huskies. UConn was held to just 32% shooting to waste a strong night on the boards. The Terrapins were outrebounded by the physical Huskies but used a strong defensive effort to pull off the win.
James Bouknight led the offense with 15 points, 4 points off his season average. Bouknight also missed 3 free-throws in the fourth quarter, when it seemed the Huskies might mount a comeback. The team finished 5-for-12 from the foul line.