NCAA Basketball

UConn holds 1st 'First Night' in 2 years

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn held its first "First Night" celebration in two years on Friday, filling Gampel Pavilion with students for the annual unofficial start to the basketball season after having to cancel the event last year because of the pandemic.

COVID-19 also prevented all but family and a few friends from attending home games in 2020-21, so it was first chance the Huskies' freshmen and sophomores got to play in front of a home crowd, even if was just an exhibition.

The teams had to show some resiliency when workers were unable to raise one of the baskets. So, after the men's team held an impromptu dunk contest, in which few dunks were made, the women's team participated in a 10-minute half-court scrimmage,


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