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By PAT EATON-ROBB
Associated Press= HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Kemba Walker scored 20 points and No. 4 Connecticut ended a 12-day break for final exams by beating Coppin State 76-64 Monday night. Freshman Jeremy Lamb added 16 points, and Alex Oriakhi had 12 points and seven rebounds for UConn (9-0). Akeem Ellis had 19 points to lead Coppin State (4-4), while Tony Gallo added 17 and Michael Harper had 13. UConn led 38-21 at the half, and was up 25 early in the second half, before Coppin State made a run. A 3-pointer from Harper cut the UConn advantage to 10 with just under 6 minutes left, but the Eagles couldn’t get any closer. The Huskies play one more non-conference game on Wednesday against Harvard before next Monday’s first Big East game at No. 8 Pittsburgh. It took UConn a while to shake off the rust of being off for almost two weeks. Connecticut hit just one of its first 11 shots from the floor, and trailed Coppin State 5-4 just over 3 minutes into the game. But the Huskies dominated the boards, pulling down the games first 13 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive end. They outrebounded the Eagles 58-29. Walker led UConn on a 25-3 run that turned a 13-12 lead into a 38-15 advantage. The junior guard scored the first nine of those points during a 2 minute spurt. The Huskies held Coppin State without a basket for 81/2 minutes and went into halftime leading 38-21. They built the lead to 58-33 early in the second, before Coppin State made its run. The game marked the debut of 7-foot-1 UConn center Enosch Wolf, who had four points in just 3 minutes. Wolf, from Goettingen, Germany, committed to the Huskies in July, but enrolled for the second semester, after taking classes in the fall at a prep school. Wolf’s presence seemed to spark 7-foot senior Charles Okwandu, who had nine points and seven rebounds. Walker, who came into the game tied with Northern Illinois’ Xavier Silas for the Division I scoring lead at over 28 points per game, had just six after intermission. UConn improved to 207-23 in November and December under Jim Calhoun. UConn is now 4-0 against Coppin State. The Huskies won the other three by an average of 36.7 points. It doesn’t get much easier for Coppin state, which spends the rest of the year on the road with games against Wisconsin, No. 17 Kentucky and No. 22 Texas. The Eagles have dropped now dropped 34 straight against ranked teams. They are now 4-0 at home and 0-4 on the road this season The game came 24 hours before the UConn women attempt to win their 89th consecutive game. In practice this week, Calhoun said he believes that streak is as impressive as the UCLA men’s streak, but should be considered separately. “If people want to compare it, that’s their choice,” Calhoun said. “My only comparison is you win 88 games in Parcheesi, you’re doing something special.” (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)