Top-ranked Connecticut cruises past Seton Hall
=== Top-ranked Connecticut cruises past Seton Hall ===
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Rudy Gay and Rashad Anderson each hit
for 18 points, as top-ranked Connecticut destroyed Seton Hall, 99-57, at
Continental Airlines Arena.
Marcus Williams chipped in 15 points and 10 assists, while Hilton Armstrong
totaled nine points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for the Huskies (22-1, 9-1
Big East), who tuned up for their big game against No. 4 Villanova in
Philadelphia on Monday with their 11th straight victory.
Saturday win also marked the largest margin of victory for UConn in a Big East
game, topping the 86-49 triumph over Boston College on February 11, 1989.
Donald Copeland had 17 points and seven assists to pace Seton Hall (15-7,
6-4), which had its six-game victory streak snapped. Jamar Nutter had 13
points for the Pirates, who were outrebounded 60-32 and shot just 31 percent,
compared to 52.6 percent for the Huskies.
The Pirates led 11-7 following a layup by Kelly Whitney, but the Huskies
rattled off a 17-4 spurt to take control initially. Gay’s three-pointer and
Armstrong’s bucket capped the burst.
Seton Hall actually tied the game, as a layup by Copeland evened the game at
26 with 5:57 left in the half. Williams then drilled consecutive threes to
start a 17-5 UConn run and the Huskies led 43-33 at the break.
UConn’s lead first reached 20 points on a jumper from Denham Brown with 14:49
remaining and it was a rout from there. A 22-1 burst moved the Huskies to a
79-40 cushion with Gay’s three-pointer ending the push.
UConn has won 19 of the last 21 meetings in the series…UConn’s 22-1 start
is third best in team history. The 1995-96 team began 24-1 and the 1998-99
squad was 23-1…Whitney had 11 rebounds…Jeff Adrien had 12 points and eight
rebounds, while Brown totaled 10 points for UConn.