Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Uconn Guard Heats Up Basketball Competition Outdoor Sports Suffer on Blistering Fourth as Heat Index Nears 110

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Uconn Guard Heats Up Basketball Competition Outdoor Sports Suffer on Blistering Fourth as Heat Index Nears 110

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Ray Allen has been as hot as the weather at the U.S. Olympic Festival, and that's saying something.

Allen, a guard who will be a sophomore this season at the University of Connecticut, has shot 60 percent from the field and averaged 24.6 points in his first three games at the Festival.

He scored 27 Monday, leading the East over the South 116-115 and sending it through the round-robin portion of the tournament unbeaten. The East, which got the win on Randy Livingston's 15-foot jumper at the buzzer, and South (2-1) will play again today, this time for the gold medal.

The Festival entered its fourth day with no break in the heat and humidity. The afternoon temperature reached the mid-90s, which along with the humidity created a heat index nearing 110. Forecasters said more of the same was expected through at least Wednesday.

Many of Monday's events were held indoors, but there were several athletes who had to contend with the elements, such as in soccer, field hockey, softball and tennis.

Three tennis players were treated intravenously after playing their singles matches, and one doubles team defaulted due to heat exhaustion.

"I normally play at a fast pace, but I had to recuperate between points," said Brandon Kramer of Reno, Nev., who played singles and doubles Monday. "I'd take my full 30 seconds and towel off every time."

Allen's scoring is no great surprise. His 12.6 points a game were second-most for Connecticut last season, behind NBA first-round draft pick Donyell Marshall. As a high school senior in Dalzell, S.C., Allen averaged 28.5 points and 13.5 rebounds.

Allen said Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun is expecting him to be a scoring leader next season.

"He's going to be real pleased when he hears the news. I'm expecting a phone call any time now," Allen said. "It's just I'm used to scoring. That's what I do from anywhere on the court. I get the ball and I get going."

He opened the Festival with 28 points and 12 rebounds, then had 19 points and eight boards in Game 2. …

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