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Thursday, December 02, 2004

gone in nine seconds

The Connecticut Huskies' first timeout. But of all the beat writers (here, here, here, here and here), Rich DePreta did the best job putting Jim Calhoun's call in historical context.

It was a record-setting evening on a couple of fronts as the University of Connecticut men's basketball team remained unbeaten by thrashing Florida International, 99-48, last night at Gampel Pavilion.

"Our 19 blocked shots were a school record. I think I'll leave a message on Emeka Okafor's cell phone telling him that we have real shotblockers here in Storrs now," [said] UConn coach Jim Calhoun. "And yes, the timeout I called just nine seconds into the game is the second school record. I hate to see a team come out logy (lethargic)."

"My old record for quickest timeout was 22 seconds," Calhoun continued. "It came when I was at Northeastern. And we were playing UConn in the Connecticut Mutual Classic. That game turned out all right. We won by 30."

That was the command performance that ultimately brought Calhoun to Storrs in 1986. And the rest is history.