Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Calhoun Scores 27 in AIC Loss

On Dec. 4, 1963 – just a couple of weeks after John F. Kennedy was assassinated and a couple of months before Beatlemania would grip America, Jim Calhoun played against the team he would eventually lead to a pair of national championships.

Calhoun, a forward for American International College, scored nine points against the Huskies that day in a 95-49 UConn victory. It wasn't a very good day for Calhoun, who shot just 4-for-18 from the floor. Tony Kimball led a well-balanced UConn attack with 19 points, while another familiar name – future UConn head coach Dom Perno – added 14.

Calhoun rebounded a year later, however. On Dec. 1, 1964, Calhoun poured in 27 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the floor, and also pulled down six rebounds. The results weren't much better for AIC, however – a 98-67 loss.

Kimball again led UConn with 30 points, followed by 20 from Wes Bialosuknia. Future URI and Texas coach Tom Penders netted two.

Calhoun wound up graduating from AIC in 1968. He also began his coaching career there as an assistant from 1966-68. As a head coach, he has compiled a 6-2 regular-season record against his alma mater, all of them coming while he was at Northeastern.

The only time Calhoun has faced AIC while at UConn was in an exhibition game on Nov. 1, 2006 at Gampel. UConn won the game, 75-59.

Tomorrow night will be the second time, when the Huskies host the Yellow Jackets at Gampel in their 2008-09 exhibition opener.

The teams have met 20 times in regular-season play and UConn has won all 20.

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