STORRS, Conn. - Sophomore forward DeAndre Daniels (Los Angles, Calif.) had a career-high 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the University of Connecticut men's basketball team defaeted DePaul 99-78 on Tuesday night before a crowd of 9,156 at Gampel Pavlion. UConn improves to 11-3 on the season and 1-1 in the BIG EAST as the game was the first BIG EAST career victory for first-year UConn head coach Kevin Ollie. DePaul falls to 10-6 overall and 1-2 in the league.
Sophomore guard Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.) scored 22 points and junior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.)added 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for UConn, which led from start to finish. The Huskies opened up a 20-point halftime lead, and DePaul could get no closer than 12 in the second half.
Brandon Young led all scorers with career-high 35 points for the Blue Demons and Cleveland Melvin chipped in 18.
The 99 points was the most against a Big East opponent since the Huskies scored 117 in a six-overtime loss to Syracuse in the 2009 BIG EAST tournament.
Boatright cored five quick points as UConn scored the first nine points of the game -- part of a 12-3 run. The sophomore guard also capped an 11-0 run with a three-pointer that made it 31-11 and had 16 points by halftime.
UConn shot 54 percent in the half as Daniels hit five of his six shots and was nine of 12 for the game. He had 15 points before the break as the Huskies outrebounded DePaul 30-10. They led by as many as 22 points. Young had half the Blue Demons points as they went into the break trailing 54-34.
DePaul cut the lead to 12, 59-47, on a Melvin jumper, but UConn used a 6-0 run to stretch it back out to 18. A steal that led to a spinning one-handed Boatright dunk that made it 71-51 and the Huskies were not challenged again.
UConn outrebounded DePaul 49-29, including 19-10 on the offensive boards. It was just the third time the Huskies posted more rebounds than their opponent all season. The other two came in wins over New Hampshire and Washington.
The Huskies improved to 26-8 in Big East home openers, and have won 20 of their last 23, including the last four. They are 10-0 in conference openers at Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies haven't lost two straight games to open a BIG EAST season since 1989-90.
UConn improves to 9-1 against DePaul, and has won eight straight, with the lone loss coming in 2007.
The Huskies return to action on Saturday when they travel to Notre Dame on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest. That game will be seen on SNY and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.