LONDON, England (November 24)-- The University of Connecticut mens basketball team overcame a 15-point second quarter deficit and went on to a convincing 120-74 win Wednesday over Milton Keynes at the Brixton Recreation Center.
UConn improves to 1-1 on its Thanksgiving week tour, having fallen to London Towers, 95-89, Tuesday in its opener.
Denham Brown led the Huskies with a game-high 21 points and Rudy Gay added 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Marcus Williams had 13 assists, while Rashad Anderson scored 14 points and Charlie Villanueva chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds.
I thought we struggled early because we werent ready to play, said head coach Jim Calhoun. In the second quarter, I thought we were able to really get some people going. I think Rudy gave us a great effort from start to finish and I thought Denham really had a good second half. Charlie looked much more like the Charlie we know and I also thought Marcus Williams moved the ball around and got a lot of people involved. All in all, despite the lopsided final score, I thought it was a productive night for us right up until the end because we were able to get everyone involved.
UConn trailed 37-24 at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Lions 31-11 in the second quarter to take command of the contest. The Huskies outscored Keynes 65-28 in the second half, primarily against the reserves for the Lions. Milton Keynes has two league games this weekend in the British Basketball League and rested its starters for most of the final three quarters.
UConn shot 66.7% in the second half and finished the game with a stellar 31 assists and only 11 turnovers.
UConn returns to action Thursday with a 2:30 p.m. EST contest against London Towers at Crystal Palace. The tour concludes Friday night with a 2:00 EST contest against the Brighton Bears, last seasons British Basketball League champions.