Published February 16. 2013 3:00PM Updated February 16. 2013 3:35PM
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Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono, right, drives to the basket while being guarded by Connecticut's Tyler Olander, (10), and Omar Calhoun during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.
Hartford – Coming off its biggest win of the season, UConn suffered a major letdown on Saturday afternoon.
The Huskies couldn’t build off Wednesday’s upset of No. 6 Syracuse, losing to Villanova, 70-61, before 15,165 fans at the XL Center.
The defeat dropped the Huskies to 17-7 overall, 7-5 in the Big East Conference.
Rebounding was a major issue for UConn, which lost the battle of the boards by a whopping 41-25 margin. The Wildcats (16-10, 7-6) had 20 offensive rebounds.
Freshman Omar Calhoun led UConn with 16 points and sophomore DeAndre Daniels added 13 points and a team-high six rebounds.
The high scoring guard duo of Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright combined for just six points on 3-for-15 shooting.
UConn led 33-30 at halftime before Villanova took control, going on a 13-0 run. Tony Chennault’s fast-break basket put the Wildcats up for good, 46-45, with 12:08 remaining.
Freshman Ryan Arcidiacono had a game-high 25 points and senior Mouphtaou Yarou had 11 points and 16 rebounds for Villanova.