UConn Downs FDU 78-54
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By PAT EATON-ROBB Associated Press
STORRS, Conn. (AP) Kemba Walker scored 21 points to lead four Huskies in double figures and No. 6 Connecticut beat Fairleigh Dickinson 78-54 on Wednesday night. Walker came in leading the nation in scoring at over 29 points a game, but UConn didn’t need that many from him on Wednesday. Jeremy Lamb had 12 points while fellow freshmen Roscoe Smith and Shabazz Napier had 10 points each. Smith had 10 rebounds and Napier added five assists. The Huskies took 32 3-point shots and made just 10. Kamil Svrdlik led Fairleigh Dickinson (3-4) with 21 points and Mike Scott added 14. The Huskies, who beat top 10 teams Michigan State and Kentucky, have struggled at times against lesser opponents like Vermont and New Hampshire, but had no trouble with the Knights. A tomahawk dunk from Lamb just inside the lane turned a 14-point halftime lead into a 48-27 advantage 41/2 minutes into the second half. Smith’s alley-oop dunk from Nappier with just under 3 minutes left made it 73-46. The Huskies outrebounded the Knights 48-38, and held FDU to 33 percent shooting from the field. Connecticut held Fairleigh Dickinson without a field goal for the first 7 minutes of the game. But the Huskies hit just two of their first 12 shots and led 8-6 after Mathias Seilund hit a jumper for Fairleigh Dickinson. A 15-0 UConn run gave the Huskies a 35-8 lead, punctuated when Napier inbounded the ball under his own basket off the back of Seiland, grabbed the ball and laid it in. A jumper by Niels Giffey gave the Huskies a 20-point lead with just over 5 minutes left in the first half, 33-13. Fairleigh Dickinson responded with an 8-2 run and trailed 35-21 at halftime. The half ended with Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun and center Charles Okwandu exchanging words as they headed to the locker room. Okwandu apparently took exception to being pulled from the game after missing two free throws. Calhoun ended the conversation by telling the 7-foot senior to “go home.” Okwandu, who started four games this season, returned to the game midway through the second half, and immediately blocked a shot. He had one rebound and no points in 10 minutes. Fairleigh Dickinson had won three straight coming into the game. The Knights fell to 5-46 against Big East schools, and 0-2 against Connecticut. UConn won the other meeting in the first round of the 1998 NCAA tournament, 93-85. UConn improved its record to 136-18 in Gampel Pavilion and 67-4 against non-conference opponents. Connecticut still has home games against Coppin State and Harvard before beginning its Big East schedule on Dec. 27 at No. 3 Pittsburgh.
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