By: Molly Sweeney
This past Sunday, Assumption’s Men’s basketball team played against the defending national champion University of Connecticut Huskies in an exhibition game at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. UConn won 68-59.
Assumption went into the game following a 81-53 loss against Holy Cross, which was played on Friday, November 7. UConn had beaten Division 2 Southern Connecticut State University in an earlier exhibition game 70-62.
Despite playing against a team only seven months removed from winning the Division 1 national title against the University of Kentucky, Assumption played an evenly matched game and held a lead during different points of the first half. Even though UConn took and held the lead for the remainder of the game, Assumption stayed close and continued to play hard.
Assumption held their own against the No. 17 ranked Huskies in front of the 7,109 fans in attendance. At one point during the game, Assumption’s Jimmy Zenevitch gave the crowd at the XL Center a scare when he fell into the front row of seats.
Assumption was down 18 points with 2:17 left in the second half, when they went on a 9-0 run. After Assumption’s Matt Bailey, a senior, scored two three pointer in the final minutes, it was clear that Mark Twain was correct when he said, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”