UConn Basketball

with Kevin Duffy

UConn 66, Rutgers 54

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Connecticut's Ryan Boatright, right, is fouled by Rutgers' Dane Miller (2) while driving to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn snapped its first two-game losing streak of the season with a 66-54 victory over Rutgers Sunday afternoon at the XL Center.

STAR OF THE GAME: Shabazz Napier, still bothered by a left shoulder contusion, was efficient throughout, totaling 19 points, five rebounds and six assists. The 6-foot-1 junior buried a 3-pointer from the right wing to give UConn a 38-32 lead with just over eight minutes remaining, and then quickly added another to extend the Huskies’ lead to seven.

KEY TO THE WIN: Aside from a career-best 21 points from Jerome Seagears, Rutgers was dreadful offensively. Take Seagears out of the equation and the Scarlet Knights were 12-for-38 from the floor and 1-for-10 from 3-point range.

*DeAndre Daniels scored four points — a putback layup and a dunk off a steal — in six seconds to give UConn a 52-43 lead with 3:58 left. Ryan Boatright added a leaner with 2:20 that opened up an 11-point lead and essentially sealed the deal. Daniels finished with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

*Rutgers, fueled by some hot 3-point shooting, went on a 10-0 spurt early in the second half to claim a 30-28 advantage. UConn administered a late 10-0 run of its own that clinched the win.

*A solid defensive effort—coupled with some inept Scarlet Knights offense—held Rutgers to four points over a nine-and-a-half minute span in the first half.

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  1. jose pantoja says:

    Omar Calhoun is not a player. He loofs on defense and his shot isn’t very good. D. Daniels is same. Play the Big guy and Gif more.