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, CT (Sports Network) - collected 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead over fourth-ranked , 66-56, in Big East Conference action at the Civic Center. added 10 points for the Friars (13-3, 4-1, Big East), who won their fifth straight game. It was the first victory in for since January 19, 1991.

scored 19 points and hauled down 13 boards for the Huskies (15-3, 3-1), who have dropped two of their last three.

The Huskies, who trailed the majority of the game, grabbed a 50-48 edge with just under nine minutes to play. However, that was their last lead as the Friars responded with an 18-6 burst to end the game.

"We ran the ball against them and got some easy shots in transition," said head coach Tim Welsh.

Kabba drained a three-pointer with 8:09 to play to put ahead, 51-50, and then hit another triple at 5:26 to increase its advantage to four points.

cut the deficit to 54-52 for the Huskies with 4:51 left on a layup.

But that was as close as they would get as Chris Anrin came right down court and made a three to give a 57-52 lead.

UConn won the battle on the glass, 45-32, but turned the ball over 16 times compared to only six turnovers for .

led the Friars with seven assists.

The Friars are 2-1 against ranked teams this season.

has won nine of the last 12 meetings in this series to take a 38-23

all-time advantage over . However, has now taken the last two matchups, including a 76-70 win over UConn at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs last year.

Gordon wore a protective mask on his face as it was his first game since undergoing surgery Wednesday on his broken nose.
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