HARTFORD, Conn. — The University of Connecticut Huskies rolled to a 23-point halftime lead en route to a 95-68 men’s basketball victory over the Maine Black Bears at the XL Center Friday night.
Ryan Boatright collected 17 points and five assists as the Huskies rolled.
DeAndre Daniels scored 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting and Omar Calhoun nailed four 3-pointers en route to 16 points as Connecticut (9-0) went 14-for-25 from beyond the arc. Niels Giffey led the reserves with 12 points and Shabazz Napier recorded eight assists, five rebounds and four steals to go along with seven points.
Xavier Pollard had 20 points to lead Maine (1-7), which has lost six straight. Zarko Valjarevic added 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Black Bears.
The Huskies took control with a 19-3 run through the midpoint of the first half, getting 3-pointers from Calhoun, Lasan Kromah and Giffey during the burst. Napier and Daniels hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 13-2 spurt later in the half and Connecticut took a 54-31 lead into the break.
Calhoun hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second half to begin a string of six straight made field goals as the Huskies stretched the lead to 75-42. The lead reached 38 points before Connecticut emptied the bench.
UConn outrebounded the Bears 38-30 while holding them to a 41 percent effort from the floor (22 of 54).
GAME NOTEBOOK: Connecticut C Amida Brimah blocked four shots. … The Huskies have held the lead at the half in each of their first nine games. … The Black Bears were crushed on the boards 38-24.
UMF 86, Johnson St. 59
At Farmington, UMaine-Farmington jumped out to a 17-point halftime lead en route to the win.
Nate Carson paced UMF (4-2) with 15 points, Ben Johnson added 11 and Garrett Clemmer put in 10. Andrew Dickey grabbed 11 rebounds and Carson had 10.
Bryan Hickey led Johnson State (2-3) with 11 points.
Thomas 104, Lyndon St. 77
At Waterville, Levi Barnes scored 27 points to lift the Terriers to their first win of the season.
Franklin Salvador chipped in with 23 points for Thomas and Garen Manzo added 20.
George Carle paced Lyndon State with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Bowdoin 74, Bates 71
At Brunswick, Matt Mathias hit a running 30-footer just before the buzzer to give Bowdoin (6-0) the win over Bates (6-2).
The shot capped a wild final 12 seconds of regulation, as the teams combined for 10 points in a frantic finish.
Mathias finished with four three-pointers in the contest and ended with 14 points to go with five assists. John Swords led Bowdoin with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Lucas Hausman and Grant White also finished with 14 points each for the Polar Bears, who nailed 11 three-pointers on the night.
Bates was led by its usual 1-2 combo of Mike Boornazian and Graham Safford. Boornazian ended with 20 points and 12 rebounds while Safford had 22 points and three assists.
Arizona State 78, DePaul 56
Jahii Carson scored 23 points and the visiting Sun Devils blitzed the Blue Demons with a 17-2 second-half run.
Carson, who sprained his right ankle and scored just eight points Sunday, hit 9-of-16 shots from the field and added nine rebounds for Arizona State (8-2). Jermaine Marshall scored 20 points, Jordan Bachynski blocked eight shots, and Shaquielle McKissic came off the bench to add a career-high 14 points and 12 rebounds.
DePaul (4-4) endured a miserable night offensively, shooting 29.2 percent from the field as leading scorer Cleveland Melvin scored just seven points on 2-of-12 shooting. Billy Garrett Jr. scored 14 points to lead the Blue Demons, who have lost three of their past four
The Blue Demons pulled within 39-34 on Melvin’s layup with 15:44 remaining, but DePaul went 6:34 without scoring from the field and the Sun Devils took full advantage. Marshall scored eight during the decisive run, hitting a pair of 3-pointers, and McKissic added four points as Arizona State built a 56-36 advantage with 11:33 to play.
Arizona State used back-to-back 3-pointers from Jonathan Gilling and Carson to take an early 10-3 lead, but the Blue Demons rallied to tie the game at 14 on Durrell McDonald’s layup with just over nine minutes remaining in the half. Sandi Marcius’ layup with six seconds left pulled DePaul within 28-25 at halftime.
Maine 2, Brown 1
At Alfond Arena in Orono, Katy Massey and Brianne Kilgour each scored first-period goals to lift the Black Bears (1-12-4) to their first win of the season.
Massey knocked in a rebound of a Jessica Vallotton shot at 3:25 and Kilgour converted an assist from Karissa Kirkup at 16:06 on the power play for the second goal.
Erin Conway scored on a Sarah Robson for Brown (1-9-2) in the third period.
Maine’s Mariah Fujimagari made 20 saves and Brown’s Aubree Moore had 19.