Playing without Shabazz Napier and Niels Giffey, UConn entered halftime trailing South Florida — tied for last place in the Big East — 28-26.
A combination of hot shooting and lazy UConn defense helped the Bulls jump out to an 11-4 lead.
The Huskies never led, but drew closer behind DeAndre Daniels’ 15 points and eight rebounds. Omar Calhoun, visibly limited by a right wrist sprain, shot 1-for-10.
South Florida made four 3-pointers, most coming off penetration from point guard Anthony Collins.