HARTFORD – Ryan Boatright scored 18 points and Rodney Purvis added 14 to lead UConn to its second straight win. The Huskies rolled to an 81-48 win over Central Connecticut State in front of 13,315 Sunday afternoon at the XL Center.
UConn (6-4) opens American Athletic Conference play against Temple at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the XL.
In addition to the Husky backcourt, Amida Brimah and Kentan Facey (career-high 12 rebounds) each scored 12 points and Omar Calhoun added 11 off the bench.
CCSU (2-10) was led by Windsor’s Greg Andrade with 13 points.
Corey Barrett scored on a layup with 10:04 left in the first half to tie it at 20. CCSU would manage just one basket – Andrade’s 3-pointer with 1:45 to go – prior to the break as the Huskies built a 35-23 halftime lead. Boatright and Purvis each scored seven points and UConn shot 48.3 percent (14-for-29) from the field.
The Blue Devils were able to run with the Huskies for the opening 10 minutes, with UConn’s lead never growing higher than six points at 13-7. Central’s last lead came at 16-15 with 12:53 left after Brandon Peel’s three-point play.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
3 – Timeouts and points Central had in the opening 5:25 of the second half.
4 – Times Facey has led of tied for the lead in rebounds for UConn this season.
9 – Number of consecutive shots the Huskies made to open the second half.
18 – Number of consecutive field goals Brimah made against Coppin State and Central (5-for-5).
22 – Points UConn scored in the opening 5:25 of the second half to take a 57-25 lead.
NOTES: After Wednesday’s AAC opener with Temple at the XL Center, UConn will have just one home game over the next 21 days – Jan. 10 against Cincinnati. … UConn and Central were playing for the first time since the 2004-05 season. … Nnamdi Amilo (foot) was the only scholarship Husky out of the lineup. … The Huskies and Blue Devils will also play again next season. … Central will play at Madison Square Garden for the first time on Jan. 21 against St. Francis, N.Y. in the second game of a doubleheader. St. John’s and Marquette are the first game. … Ray Allen attended the game.
– WILLIAM S. PAXTON