Quick read: UConn delivers a win, but not the wings

A quick read after UConn’s 81-48 victory over Central Connecticut State Sunday afternoon at the XL Center in Hartford. Ryan Boatright scored 18 points and the Huskies put five players in double figures.

UConn coach Kevin Ollie

On the win:

“It was a great game by us. We played very, very hard offense and defense. I appreciate Kentan (Facey’s) effort having his first double-double. The basketball moved again, especially in the second half with 11 assists and three turnovers and our defense was stellar. It started off slow, but I think the last 10 minutes of the first half they had one field goal and then we came out and in the second half the first seven minutes not allowing them to score either. … That was tremendous defense and I thought that got us going.”

On UConn not reaching 82 points (fans would win free wings at Buffalo Wild Wings):

“I never got booed like that at the end of the game. I didn’t even know about the Buffalo Wild Wings, so I was like ‘man, they like Pat (Lenehan) this much. Next time I’ll recognize that. It was on me, I didn’t know about the Buffalo Wild Wings.”

UConn’s Kentan Facey

On his first double-double (12 points-12 rebounds):

“It’s a great feeling. … For me personally I’m getting more comfortable and I think everybody else is getting a more comfortable feeling their way around the offense. I think we are starting to click as a team.”

UConn coach Omar Calhoun (11 points):

On playing hard even when shot is not falling:

“Doing stuff like (play defense, hustle) is just going to keep you into the game and keep your energy high. If you just focus on one specific area of the game, you can go in a draught – things won’t go your way, so it’s things I’ve learned over time that you can affect the game in other ways.”

UConn’s Ryan Boatright

On the team’s offense flowing better:

“Guys are sharing the basketball. The chemistry is there and we’re knocking down shots. Any time you can do that it’s going to help the team.”

CCSU coach Howie Dickenman

On Ray Allen visiting the team’s locker room after the game:

“He gave them some very good comments and observations. Ray’s always been one of my favorites, but then he’s everybody’s favorite.”

On UConn’s defense:

“You go seventeen minutes and you get one field, you know you are going to be in trouble, and that’s what happened tonight.”

William Paxton