-- Junior Jerome Dyson
(Potomac, Md.) went over the 1,000-point mark for his career and senior Jeff Adrien
(Brookline, Mass.) notched his sixth straight double-double as the No. 2 nationally-ranked University of Connecticut men's basketball team defeated DePaul University, 71-49, in BIG EAST Conference action at Allstate Arena.
With the win, UConn improves to 19-1 on the season, 8-1 in the BIG EAST Conference. DePaul falls to 8-13, 0-8 in league play.
Four Huskies reached double figures on the night led by Dyson's 18. Dar Tucker led DePaul on the night with 20 points. Adrien finished with 12 points in the game while Hasheem Thabeet (Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania) was just shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine boards.
Dyson became the 41st member of UConn's 1,000-point club with his free throw at the 2:35 mark of the second half. A.J. Price (Amityville, N.Y.) ended the game with 996 career points after his 12 on the evening, falling just short of reaching the mark as well.
The Huskies held DePaul without a field goal for the first 4:09 of the second half, but were only able to extend its lead to 10 points in that early stretch. Craig Austrie (Stamford, Conn.) converted a layup and was fouled with 12:47 to play. He made the free throw and the Husky lead was back to 14, 54-40, matching the biggest lead of the game. Dyson then hit a three with just over 10 minutes to play, forcing a DePaul timeout with 10:15 to go and UConn holding a 59-43 advantage they would not relinquish.
UConn settled for a six-point lead at the half, 41-35, after leading by as many as 14 points in the first stanza. DePaul jumped out to an 8-5 edge, but the Huskies went on a 10-0 run to seize control of the early going. Price hit back-to-back three's to give the Huskies a 34-20 advantage with 5:39 left in the half, but the Blue Demons outscored UConn by a count of 15-7 the rest of the way, capped by a three by Tucker with seven seconds left, to cut the deficit by more than half.
All eight Huskies who saw action in the first half scored, with Adrien and Price totaling eight first half points. The Blue Demons shot 50 percent from the field and were led by Tucker's 15 first half points.
UConn returns to action Saturday, January 31 when it hosts the Friars of Providence College at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. at 4:00 p.m. The game will be televised in Connecticut by MyTV9 and broadcast on the UConn Radio Network.