UConn coach back in NJ for 9/11 trib­ute game

The Bradenton Herald - - Sports -

UConn men’s coach Dan Hur­ley was teach­ing high school his­tory at St. Bene­dict’s in Ne­wark, N.J., on Sept. 11, 2001, when he looked out a win­dow and saw smoke ris­ing from the World Trade Cen­ter across the Hud­son River.

One of Hur­ley’s friends would lose his brother, a New York fire­fighter, in the ter­ror­ist at­tacks. Hur­ley had just started at the prep school as a teacher and coach. He took sev­eral in­ter­na­tional stu­dents into his home while the school was tem­po­rar­ily closed dur­ing the en­su­ing chaos.

Hur­ley re­turns to Ne­wark on Satur­day, his first visit since tak­ing the UConn job.

The Huskies (7-2) will play No. 11 Flor­ida State (7-1) just blocks from St. Bene­dict’s at the Pru­den­tial Cen­ter in the Never For­get Trib­ute Clas­sic.

The event honors those killed in the Sept. 11 at­tacks and raises money for the ed­u­ca­tion of chil­dren who lost par­ents that day.

No­table

UConn: Con­necti­cut will re­tire the num­bers of for­mer stars Ray Allen and Re­becca Lobo.

The num­bers 34 and 50 will be the first re­tired by the school dur­ing a cer­e­mony in March. The univer­sity says it’s an honor re­served for Hall of Famers.

In 2017, Lobo was the first UConn player in­ducted into the Nai­smith Me­mo­rial Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame. Allen was en­shrined in Septem­ber.

Lobo led the UConn women’s team to a 35-0 record and the first of 11 na­tional cham­pi­onships in 1995. She wore No. 50 and fin­ished her ca­reer with 2,133 points, 1,268 re­bounds and 396 blocked shots. She played seven seasons in the WNBA.

Allen was a first-team All-Amer­i­can in 1996. He scored 1,922 points at UConn and led the men to an 89-13 record dur­ing his three years in Storrs. He played 18 seasons in the NBA, be­com­ing the most pro­lific 3-point shooter in NBA his­tory.

Wi­chita State: The NCAA de­nied an ap­peal by sopho­more guard Teddy Allen to play im­me­di­ately af­ter trans­fer­ring from West Vir­ginia, forc­ing him to sit out a red­shirt sea­son. Allen ap­pealed to the sub­com­mit­tee for leg­isla­tive re­lief, ar­gu­ing that the trans­fer was so he could be closer to his sup­port sys­tem in Boys Town, Neb.

ELISE AMEN­DOLA AP

Ray Allen speaks dur­ing in­duc­tion cer­e­monies on Sept. 7 at the Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame in Spring­field, Mass. Con­necti­cut will re­tire the num­bers of for­mer stars Allen and Re­becca Lobo.

STEPHEN DUNN AP

Re­becca Lobo waves to the crowd af­ter re­ceiv­ing her Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame ring in Novem­ber 2017.

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