By PAT EATON-ROBB AP Sports Writer
STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Terry Larrier scored a career-high 27 points and UConn opened the season Friday night with a 70-58 win over Colgate.
Larrier, coming off a knee injury that kept the VCU transfer out most of last season, hit 11 of his 18 shots, and was 3 of 4 from 3-point range.
Antwoine Anderson, a graduate transfer from Fordham, added 12 points and six assists for the Huskies, who are coming off a disappointing 16-17 season.
Colgate’s Will Rayman had 14 of his 19 points in the first half, including a 3-pointer that sent the Raiders to intermission trailing the Huskies just 33-31.
UConn scored the first seven points after the break and a put-back dunk by freshman Isaiah Whaley put the Huskies up 51-37 midway through the second half.Larrier scored seven straight down the stretch to put the game away.
The Huskies played just one person, Christian Vital, who saw significant minutes a year ago. They were without star guard Jalen Adams, who was suspended after being charged with a misdemeanor after police say he left the scene of a scooter accident on Wednesday.
UConn: The Huskies are already off to a better start than a year ago. UConn began the 2016-17 campaign with losses to Wagner and Northeastern and then lost Alterique Gilbert (shoulder) and Larrier (knee) for the season to injury during the next two games.
Colgate: The Raiders were not shy about launching the ball from behind the arc, going 8 of 29 from 3-point range. Colgate returns all five starters from last season, their top five scorers and 13 players with game experience. Jordan Swopshire had 14 points for the Raiders.
UConn: The Huskies are at their other home arena, the XL Center in Hartford, on Tuesday night to take on Stony Brook.
Colgate: Colgate returns home to face Cornell next Thursday night.
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