STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn swingman Terry Larrier hasn't played much over the past two years, but didn't show any rust on Friday night.
The 6-9 transfer from VCU scored a career-high 27 points and the Huskies opened the season with a 70-58 win over Colgate.
Larrier, coming off a knee injury that kept him out most of last season, hit 11 of his 18 shots, and was 3 of 4 from 3-point range.
''Sitting out those two years, I waited long,'' Larrier said. ''It was just all motivation to me. It fired me up. I got some easy baskets early and just continued to keep scoring.''
Point guard Antwoine Anderson, a graduate transfer from Fordham, added 12 points and six assists for the Huskies, who are coming off a disappointing 16-17 season.
Colgate's Will Rayman had 14 of his 19 points in the first half, including a 3-pointer that sent the Raiders to intermission trailing the Huskies just 33-31.
UConn scored the first seven points after the break and a put-back dunk by freshman Isaiah Whaley put the Huskies up 51-37 midway through the second half. Colgate cut the lead to five, but Larrier scored seven straight down the stretch to put the game away.
The Huskies played just one person, Christian Vital, who saw significant minutes a year ago. They were without star guard Jalen Adams, who was suspended after being charged with a misdemeanor for leaving the scene of a scooter accident on Wednesday.
''I thought this was a test,'' said UConn coach Kevin Ollie. ''Without Jalen...to come out, get tested and respond the way they did, I'm really proud of our group.
The Huskies helped salt the game away from the free throw line, going 18-19 from the stripe.
The Huskies are at their other home arena, the XL Center in Hartford, on Tuesday night to take on Stony Brook.
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