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UConn Cruises Past Sacred Heart, 82-49

Daniel Hamilton led the team with 13 rebounds.
Dec. 2, 2015

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Daniel Hamilton scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as UConn bounced back from back-to-back losses in the Bahamas with an 82-49 rout of in-state rival Sacred Heart on Wednesday night.

It was Hamilton's third double-double of the season. He also had seven assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

Rodney had 19 points for UConn (5-2), which dropped out of the Top 25 this week after falling to Syracuse and Gonzaga.

Jordan Allen scored 18 points to lead Sacred Heart (1-5), which has lost five straight.

The Pioneers led by as many as 11 points in the first half before UConn got rolling, closing the half on a 27-2 run to take a 41-27 lead at halftime.

A pair of dunks by Amida Brimah and a 3-pointer by freshman Jalen Adams gave UConn its first 20-point lead at 52-32. Hamilton's only 3-pointer capped an 18-0 run that made it 59-32 and put the game away.

The game gave the Huskies a chance to regroup after losses in the Bahamas last week to Syracuse and Gonzaga and before games next week against No. 2 Maryland and Ohio State.

UConn held the Pioneers to 29 percent shooting after allowing Syracuse to shoot 48 percent and Gonzaga to shoot 45 percent from the floor.

The Huskies seemed lethargic after returning from their 1-2 showing at the Battle 4 Atlantis. They didn't score until Kenton Facey hit a pair of free throws more than 3 1/2 minutes into the game to cut Sacred Heart's lead to 7-2.

Their first field goal came on a dunk by freshman Steven Enoch that made it 9-4. Coach Kevin Ollie used 11 players in the first seven minutes trying to find the right combination.

The Pioneers led 15-6 after at 3-pointer by forward Tevin Falzon and a 3-pointer by Quincy McKnight stretched the lead to 23-12. McKnight finished with 11 points, but hit just five of his 14 shots.

But a dunk by Shonn Miller just before the under-8 minute media timeout started a 16-0 Husky run and UConn took its first lead at 26-25 on a driving 3-point play by Rodney Purvis.

The Huskies held the Pioneers to just two points the rest of the half and led by 14 at intermission.

Shonn Miller and Brimah each had 10 points for UConn. Brimah also had four of the Huskies' 12 blocked shots.

TIP-INS

UConn: The Huskies are now 181-78 against other teams from Connecticut, but 72-3 since Jim Calhoun took over the program in the 1986-87 season. Kevin Ollie is 4-1, with a loss to Yale last December.

UP NEXT

UConn: The Huskies face Maryland at Madison Square Garden next Tuesday, part of the Jimmy V Classic.

 

 

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