Mahoney tries to see bright side

December 10, 1992|By New York Daily News

STORRS, Conn. -- It had been 11 years since Brian Mahone felt the pain of last night, when he became a losing head coach again. This time, the players were better and the stage was bigger, but the anguish was less intense.

When Mahoney lost 62 games over three seasons at Manhattan, there was an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. But after a 74-72 overtime loss to the Connecticut Huskies in a packed Gampel Pavilion, there was hope and promise for the future.

Mahoney lost the first game of his second career and St. John's (3-1) lost for the first time in its season of transition, but much was gained in defeat. Connecticut (2-1) needed a brilliant play at the end of regulation just to force the extra session.

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