STORRS, Conn. -- It may not have been a fond farewell for Connecticut seniors, but Ricky Moore, the Huskies' steady, stealthy guard, did his best to make it a memorable one.
The 6-foot-2 guard had nine of the team's 10 assists in the second-ranked Huskies' 73-71 loss to No. 15 Miami. Moore, of Augusta, Ga., was one of four seniors honored Saturday.
Moore played 34 minutes, the most of any Huskie. A co-captain for the past three years, he also contributed two blocks, three steals and six points. Although his team faltered down the stretch, Moore's high-energy defense remained a constant.
"Ricky was just absolutely terrific," said UConn coach Jim Calhoun. "I thought from an energy standpoint and a guts standpoint he was the best player on the floor."
Surrounded by his family before the game, Moore accepted a framed jersey from Calhoun that traditionally is handed out to departing seniors.
"I felt excited and I was ready to play," Moore said. "I think I came out and played my best. But we didn't play good as a team, and that's what we have to work for."
Moore worked through much adversity during a four-year collegiate career that included several injuries and an NCAA suspension.
He missed five games in his sophomore season for accepting airline tickets from a sports agent, a violation of NCAA rules. He's also been beset by shoulder injuries, a broken nose, a concussion, a sprained ankle and a host of other bumps and bruises.
The game also marked the final home appearance for co-captain Rashamel Jones and three other reserves. Jones, a 6-foot-5 swingman from Port Chester, N.Y. played his high school ball at Trinity Catholic in Stamford. He has played in 121 games at UConn. His career best was a 25-point performance against Hartford in his sophomore season.
E.J. Harrison made his mark as a walk-on for the Huskies. The speedy guard from Danbury transferred to UConn after playing two years at Division III Western Connecticut.
Reserve frontcourt man Antric Klaiber, has played in 110 games. The 6-foot-10 center/forward from Silver Spring, Md., grabbed eight rebounds in 11 minutes against Villanova on Dec. 30.
Moore's nine assists were not a career high. He recorded a dozen against West Virginia in 1997. But Calhoun said Moore's effort was clearly one of the bright spots in the disappointing loss.
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