HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Ryan Boatright scored a career-high 26
points and added nine assists as Connecticut routed Fordham 88-73
The Huskies (9-2) used a suffocating defense to force 21 Fordham
turnovers while making 15 steals. They scored 35 points off
turnovers while amassing their highest point total of the season.
The Huskies shot 50.8 percent (31 of 61) from the floor,
including 8 of 21 from 3-point range, in winning their third
straight game since losing to North Carolina State in the Jimmy V
Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Shabazz Napier added 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and
four steals for Connecticut and Omar Calhoun had 17 points. The
Huskies scored 57 first-half points and led by as many as 32 in a
game they never trailed.
Branden Frazier led the Rams (2-9) with 26 points.
A 19-0 run by the Rams early in the second half cut the Huskies’
32-point lead to 13 points, 63-50, with just over 12 minutes to
play. An R.J. Evans layup and then a Boatright steal and layup with
11:49 remaining stopped the bleeding for Connecticut.
Fordham would get no closer than 13 the rest of the way, and a
Tyler Olander layup and back-to-back jumpers by DeAndre Daniels (10
points) pushed Connecticut’s lead back up to 73-54.
Connecticut got another stellar game from its three-guard
backcourt as Boatright, Napier and Calhoun picked Fordham apart,
combining for 62 of the Huskies’ points.
Boatright scored nine points in the first five minutes on 4-of-6
shooting, pacing the Huskies to an 18-15 lead.
The Huskies increased their defensive pressure over the next
three minutes and pulled away with an 11-0 run, capped by Evans’
3-pointer from the left corner for a 29-15 lead with 8:57 left in
the half. Connecticut would go on a 39-13 run over the final 12
minutes of the half to take a commanding 57-28 lead at the break.
The Huskies played their best first half of the year, scoring 21
points off 13 Fordham turnovers, including 11 steals.
Boatright scored 20 points and added seven assists in the first
half on 7-of-11 shooting. Calhoun scored 13 first-half points,
including three 3-pointers.
Connecticut shot 8 of 16 from 3-point range in the first half
and had 16 assists on 21 baskets.
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