In one of its best halves of the season, UConn shot 54 percent from the field and hung 54 points on overmatched DePaul, which entered the break trailing by 20.
UConn, outrebounded in all but one game, started with a 20-2 advantage on the glass. Its dominance on the glass — and ability to create second-chance points — was key in the first half explosion.
Ryan Boatright (16 points), DeAndre Daniels (15) and Shabazz Napier (10 points, team-high six rebounds) led the way.
Fueled by Boatright on the fastbreak, UConn jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the opening three minutes. A Daniels 3-pointer gave the Huskies a 12-3 advantage, and he soon extended the lead to double-figures with a tip-in off a Tyler Olander miss. A Boatright 3-pointer with 11:31 left in the first half opened up a 31-11 lead.