Dec. 21, 2012
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HARTFORD, Conn. - University of Connecticut sophomore Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.) scored a career-high 26 points and added nine assists as the Huskies men's basketball team defeated Fordham by a 88-73 score Friday night before a crowd of 10,265 at the XL Center. UConn improves to 9-2 on the season while the Rams fall to 2-9.
The Huskies used a suffocating defense to force 21 Fordham turnovers while making 15 steals. They scored 35 points off turnovers while amassing their highest point total of the season.
The Huskies shot 50.8 percent (31 of 61) from the floor, including 8 of 21 from three-point range, in winning their third straight game.
Junior Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) added 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals for Connecticut and freshman Omar Calhoun (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had 17 points. The Huskies scored 57 first-half points and led by as many as 32 in a game they never trailed.
Branden Frazier led the Rams with 26 points. A 19-0 run by the Rams early in the second half cut the Huskies' 32-point lead to 13 points, 63-50, with just over 12 minutes to play. A layup by graduate stdudent forward R.J. Evans (Salem, Conn.) and then a Boatright steal and layup with 11:49 remaining stopped the run by the Rams.
Fordham would get no closer than 13 the rest of the way, and a layup by junior center Tyler Olander (Mansfield, Conn.) and back-to-back jumpers by sophomore DeAndre Daniels (Los Angeles, Calif.), who had 10 points for the game, pushed Connecticut's lead back up to 73-54.
Connecticut got another stellar game from its three-guard backcourt as Boatright, Napier and Calhoun picked Fordham apart, combining for 62 of the Huskies' points.
Boatright scored nine points in the first five minutes on four-of-six shooting, pacing the Huskies to an 18-15 lead.
The Huskies increased their defensive pressure over the next three minutes and pulled away with an 11-0 run, capped by Evans' 3-pointer from the left corner for a 29-15 lead with 8:57 left in the half. Connecticut would go on a 39-13 run over the final 12 minutes of the half to take a commanding 57-28 lead at the break.
The Huskies played their best first half of the year, scoring 21 points off 13 Fordham turnovers, including 11 steals.
Boatright scored 20 points and added seven assists in the first half on 7-of-11 shooting. Calhoun scored 13 first-half points, including three three-pointers.
Connecticut shot eight of 16 from 3-point range in the first half and had 16 assists on 21 baskets.
UConn returns to action when it takes on Washington on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the XL Center. The game will be televised by ESPN2 and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.