Oct. 30, 2013
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STORRS, Conn. - Connecticut junior forward DeAndre Daniels (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, as the UConn men's basketball team defeated Southern Connecticut University 93-65 in its first exhibition game of the season Wednesday night at Gampel Pavilion.
Daniels shot 8-13 from the field, and made all five of his free throw attempts, leading a Connecticut team that was in control of the game throughout the entire contest.
"I thought I did alright," Daniels said. "I had too many turnovers, but I was able to hit some shots."
After a three-pointer by Southern Connecticut guard Greg Langston, which gave the Owls their only lead of the game with 18:38 remaining in the first period, UConn scored eight straight points to push its lead to seven behind baskets from Daniels, senior forward Niels Giffey (Berlin, Germany) and sophomore guard Omar Calhoun (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Junior guard Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.) was extremely efficient for the Huskies offensively, scoring 15 points on 6-9 shooting. Giffey also finished with double digit points, as he posted 10 points to go along with four rebounds.
Freshman center Amida Brimah (Accra, Ghana) provided highlights on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, bringing energy to the crowd of 5,114 in Gampel with several blocks and dunks. His five blocks were the most by a Husky in an exhibition game in the last five seasons.
"He's going to be a great player for us," Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie said. "He spreads out, and he keeps his arms up. When they do shoot over him, he alters a lot of shots."
Both Boatright and senior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.), who was named as a candidate for the 2013-14 Senior CLASS Award earlier this week, accounted for 10 of the 16 UConn assists on the night.
Tonight's game was just the second all-time meeting between Connecticut and SCSU. The two teams last met in the 1989-90 season in a game in which the Huskies won. Langston paced the Owls Wednesday, scoring a team-high 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds. SCSU forward Stefon Williams chipped in 13 points, hitting three three-pointers on the night, while both Luke Houston and Austin Carter both scored nine points.
UConn will be back in action Monday when it faces Concordia (Ill.) in the Huskies' final preseason game of the year. Connecticut opens the regular season next Friday against Maryland at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.