UConn Basketball

with Kevin Duffy

UConn 98, Concordia 38

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HARTFORD — A second exhibition game against one of the nation’s worst Division III teams went as expected, and UConn is officially three days away from a highly-anticipated season opener.

Facing an undersized, overmatched Concordia team from Chicago, UConn pounded the ball inside early, picked up easy buckets in transition and eventually routed Concordia, 98-38, Monday night at the XL Center.

There were a pair of early Amida Brimah blocks. There were three Lasan Kromah 3-pointers in the beginning. There were three more from Leon Tolksdorf toward the end.

Walk-on Pat Lenehan, a Middletown native, scored like he was Shabazz Napier in overtime, registering seven points in five minutes.

On one fastbreak, Niels Giffey dunked like he was Dr. J.

Yes, there was a little bit of everything in this blowout, which ended with four Huskies in double-figures (Omar Calhoun, Terrence Samuel, Niels Giffey and DeAndre Daniels) and some dreadful shooting from Concordia (10-for-48).

UConn opens its regular season Friday versus Maryland at the BarclaysCenter.

 

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