No Big East title: Vols fall to UConn

HARTFORD, Conn. (WVLT) -- The third time was the charm for Big East basketball teams against the Tennessee Volunteers.

After beating Villanova and Pittsburgh earlier in the season, the Vols lost to Connecticut 72-61 Saturday, ending a two-game win streak in head coach Bruce Pearl's first game on the bench in two and a half weeks.

The Vols led by as many as seven points in the first half and trailed by one at the break. But Tennessee's halfcourt offense sputtered in the second half, allowing a balanced UConn team to take control late.

"We're inconsistent because our best player, Scotty Hopson, is inconsistent," Pearl said after the game.

Melvin Goins led the way for the Vols with 15 points. The Huskies placed four players in double figures, despite an off day by star point guard Kemba Walker. The nation's second-leading scorer managed 16 points but was 6-of-17 from the field.

Tennessee has three days off before hosting LSU Wednesday. Pearl will miss the next four games, the second portion of his SEC-mandated eight-game conference suspension.

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