Armstrong’s career night powers No. 2 UConn to easy win
Hartford, CT (Sports Network) – Hilton Armstrong went 11-of-14 from the field
and scored a career-high 26 points while also grabbing 10 rebounds, as the
second-ranked Connecticut Huskies destroyed the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 111-75, at
the Hartford Civic Center.
Rashad Anderson netted 20 points and Marcus Johnson had 17 for the Huskies
(11-0), who have won their first 11 games of the season for the fourth time
under head coach Jim Calhoun.
John Winchester tallied a career-high 25 points and Chris Wehye added 16 for
Quinnipiac (5-5), which has lost three of its last four games.
The Bobcats led the game 22-16 with around 13 minutes left in the first half
after hitting consecutive shots from beyond the arc from Wehye and Winchester.
However, Connecticut used a 12-5 run, capped by Anderson’s shot from long
distance, to grab a 28-27 edge moments later.
Quinnipiac was able to stay within striking distance and even held a four-
point lead with 7 1/2 minutes left in the first half, but the Huskies grabbed
a 36-35 lead in the waning minutes.
Connecticut then quickly put the game out of reach by closing the stanza with
a 10-0 spurt to grab a 46-35 edge at the intermission.
The Huskies opened up the second half on a 20-5 run, keyed by three
consecutive baskets from Armstrong, to take a 26-point lead,
Quinnipiac never threatened again and proved to be no match for the Big East
powerhouse as it suffered the lopsided 36-point setback.
UConn’s drubbing came without the services of leading scorer Rudy Gay, who sat
out with a sprained ankle.
Connecticut shot 59.2 percent from the floor, compared to Quinnipiac, which
connected on 41.4 percent of its shots…The Huskies won the rebounding
battle, 47-31, and collected nine blocks…Anderson scored in double figures
for the ninth straight game.