ROSEMONT, ILL.—UConn shot a blistering 60 percent from the field as it turned a back-and-forth battle into an 81-69 rout of DePaul Saturday at Allstate Arena.
STAR OF THE GAME: Shabazz Napier scored 28 points — one off his career-high — and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. The three guards— Napier, Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun — were 22-of-35 from the floor.
KEY TO THE WIN/LOSS: A 14-0 UConn run, which included threes from Napier and Niels Giffey and a highlight behind-the-back pass from Ryan Boatright, opened up a 59-47 lead.
*Five straight points from Omar Calhoun — a corner 3-pointer and a pull-up — extended the Huskies lead to 69-54 with 7:35 remaining. Boatright added the exclamation point on the ensuing possession, a one-handed dunk on a backdoor cut. Another Calhoun 3 eliminated any chance of a DePaul rally, ballooning the lead to 20.
*DePaul went on a 12-0 run late in the first half to claim a 34-29 advantage. Boatright eventually halted the Blue Demons’ spurt with a floater.
*UConn received contributions from nearly everyone. Tyler Olander scored the Huskies’ first five points of the second half, Giffey connected on a pair of 3s and converted a key put-back and Calhoun finished with 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting.
*DePaul’s Cleveland Melvin posted 20 points and 10 rebounds. He caught alley-oops on back-to-back possessions early in the second half.
*Kevin Ollie picked up the first technical foul of his head coaching career while arguing a call at the 8:34 mark of the first half.