Wednesday , Dec , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

UConn pounds Pepperdine

Hartford, CT (Sports Network) – A.J. Price scored 17 points to lead four
Husky players in double figures, as 14th-ranked Connecticut easily defeated
Pepperdine, 88-66, in a non-league matchup at Hartford Civic Center.

Doug Wiggins came off the bench to contribute 16 points for undefeated UConn
(10-0), while Hasheem Thabeet netted 15 points. Jeff Adrien had 14 points and
seven rebounds, as the Huskies extended their home winning streak to a school-
record 29 games.

If Connecticut runs the table in the month of December, they will become the
first group of Huskies to enter the month of January at 12-0. UConn hosts
Coppin State on December 27th and visits West Virginia on December 30th.

Tomas Pranciliauskas scored a team-high 22 points for Pepperdine (3-10), which
has lost four of its last five games. Kingsley Costain donated 14 points and
Chase Griffin added 12 in a losing effort. The Waves did manage to shoot a
respectable 40 percent from the hardwood, despite Connecticut entering the
contest holding opponents to just 33 percent shooting this season.

The Huskies followed the opening tipoff by scoring the game’s first eight
points and opened an 11-3 lead before Pepperdine battled back. The Waves
trailed by just three, 16-13, after Pranciliauskas’ layup at 12:48.

UConn built an 11-point cushion midway through the first half, but missed
seven of its final eight attempts, including three from the foul line, and led
just 40-36 heading into the break.

Pepperdine trailed by five, 48-43, after a couple of Willie Galick free throws
nearly five minutes inside the second half, but UConn’s offense stepped up to
double that lead just minutes later.

The Waves never pulled closer than seven the rest of the way, and UConn held
an 84-62 lead with just 1:13 remaining.

The Huskies also won the battle of the boards by a wide margin, 48-28. They
came into the contest outrebounding opponents by 12.2 per game.

Game Notes

Pepperdine got 38 points from its bench, while Connecticut got
29…Connecticut made 51 percent of its field goals…UConn’s best start to
open a season was 19-0 in 1998-99…Connecticut won all three of its previous
meetings with Pepperdine…The Waves have yet to post back-to-back wins this
season.

UCONN PEPPERDINE