Gay powers No. 3 UConn past Army
Hartford, CT (Sports Network) – Rudy Gay scored 17 points and grabbed 10
rebounds, as third-ranked Connecticut shook off some early rust to defeat
Army, 68-54, in its home opener at the Hartford Civic Center.
Gay also converted 9-of-11 from the charity stripe and had five steals for
the Huskies (5-0), who shot just 41.5 percent from the floor but held a 41-26
Rashad Anderson added 16 points off the bench and the frontcourt duo of Josh
Boone and Hilton Armstrong each scored 10 points in the victory.
Jarell Brown tallied a game-high 26 points for the Cadets (2-3), who committed
19 turnovers and shot 40 percent from the floor.
Army grabbed an early 14-11 advantage as the Huskies began 4-of-14 from the
floor, and a 6-of-8 start from behind the arc kept the Cadets in front
20-16 late in the first half.
The slumbering Huskies finally awoke in the last 6:30 of the stanza, going on
a 19-7 spurt to take a 35-27 halftime lead. Anderson connected on three treys
in the final 2:12, including one with three seconds to go, and ended with 14
points in 12 minutes of action.
Brown paced Army with 14 points propelled by 4-of-5 shooting from three-point
Connecticut, though, broke the game open early in the second half, scoring the
first nine points to take a 44-27 lead. Boone’s three-point play to open the
stanza sparked the run.
The Huskies coasted the rest of the way, never giving up their double-digit
advantage. The lead swelled to 18 on Gay’s free throw with just under 16
minutes remaining and Army never got closer than 10 points again.
The Huskies have won all 20 home openers under head coach Jim Calhoun. The
last time Connecticut lost a home opener was December 7, 1982 when the Huskies
fell to Fairfield 98-81…UConn is now 7-3 all-time versus Army. The two
schools last met on December 6, 2003 when the Huskies routed the Cadets 84-46
at Gampel Pavilion…Craig Austrie dished out seven assists for UConn…The
Huskies blocked six shots, three of them by Boone.