Cal­houn a win­ner in re­turn to side­lines

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - SPORTS - By David Borges

HARTFORD — Jim Cal­houn emerged from the locker room about 10 min­utes be­fore open­ing tap Fri­day night — a lit­tle ear­lier than usual.

The bow-legged gait was fa­mil­iar, as was the stern game face he wore while mak­ing his way to his high-back stool on the side­lines to watch his team warm up.

About 11 min­utes later, he was off his stool, call­ing a time­out less than a minute into the game and pulling Bloom­field’s Mike Sa­gay af­ter he got dunked on. Four min­utes af­ter that ... yup, Cal­houn drew a tech­ni­cal foul — from Jawaan Wil­liams, a UConn alum no less!

“In all hon­esty,” Cal­houn in­sisted, “I’ve said a lot worse than what I said to him.”

Later, that high-back stool was thrown to the floor in frus­tra­tion.

“I tripped on the chair,” he said with a wry smile.

Jim Cal­houn was back. In vastly dif­fer­ent en­vi­rons, but back — as coach of Divi­sion III Univer­sity of Saint Joseph in its in­au­gu­ral sea­son. And he willed his team to a vic­tory. Seemed like old times.

The last time Cal­houn had pa­trolled the side­lines of a col­lege bas­ket­ball game, he was a reign­ing na­tional cham­pion with three fu­ture NBA play­ers on his side: An­dre Drum­mond, Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier. John Cali­pari, whose Ken­tucky team awaited the win­ner, was among the crowd of 22,131 in­side the KFC Yum! Cen­ter in Louisville, Ken­tucky for what turned out to be UConn’s NCAA tour­na­ment sec­ond-round loss to Iowa State. When Lamb’s thun­der­ous — if mean­ing­less — dunk at­tempt car­omed off the back rim in 79 74

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