Huskies easily roll past Texas Southern
Storrs, CT (Sports Network) – Rudy Gay scored a game-high 22 points and
Rashad Anderson added 20 to lead third-ranked Connecticut over Texas Southern
in blowout fashion, 113-49, at Gampel Pavilion.
Josh Boone chipped in 17 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks for the Huskies
(6-0), who won their 17th straight opener at Gampel Pavilion, having never
lost an opener in that building since their first game there in 1990.
“It’s just a matter of continuing to practice hard, continuing therapy on my
leg, and doing anything possible to get an edge,” said Anderson. “I’m feeling
better, but sometimes I feel I can get to certain areas on the court but my
leg is hesitant to do it.”
Denham Brown added 15 points in the win.
Ike Count scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Tigers (1-5),
who have lost five straight since their season-opening win. No other Texas
Southern player reached double figures as Sean Walker was the second-highest
scorer with eight points.
Connecticut put the game away in the first half, holding a 55-22 lead after 20
minutes and was never challenged. The Huskies shot 55.7 percent from the floor
in the game compared to the Tigers’ 28.1 percent. Connecticut also
outrebounded Texas Southern 56-28.
Ahead 6-4 3:18 into the game, Connecticut ripped off a 14-2 run to hold a 20-6
edge with 12:09 left in the first half. Brown started the spurt with a three-
point basket and Jeff Adrien’s layup capped the run.
A 12-0 spurt later put the Huskies ahead 34-15 with just under six minutes to
play in the first half. Boone’s layup capped the run and Connecticut ended
the half on a 17-2 spurt to finish off the opening half scoring.
“As a team we came out much tougher on defense,” Boone said. “We really tried
to get to the offensive boards and to also contest every shot they took and
that created turnovers and missed shots and we took that and ran with it.”
The Huskies didn’t let up in the second, using an 18-0 run early in the half
to extend to a 77-28 advantage just under six minutes into the frame. Brown
netted the first five points of the spurt with a three-pointer and a dunk
before Gay followed with a jumper and a conversion from behind the arc.
A 14-0 run later gave the Huskies a 60-point advantage at 95-35 with 7:15 left
in the game and a three-pointer by Craig Austrie gave Connecticut its largest
lead of the game at 107-41 with 3:22 left in the game.
This was the first ever meeting between the two schools…Gay also had five
blocks and five steals. He shot 7-of-13 from the floor…Adrien finished with
11 points and eight rebounds…Brown and Austrie each had five assists…Brian
Egwautu had three blocks for the Tigers…Texas Southern went to the free
throw line only 14 times. Connecticut visited the line 34 times…The Huskies
shot 58.3 percent from the floor in the second half.