Archive for Sunday, February 12, 2006

UConn wins laugher

Anderson, Gay huge in rout of Seton Hall

February 12, 2006


— Even Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun had to step back and marvel at his team's second-half dismantling of Seton Hall.

"I'm not that impressed by my team very much, but we were very good tonight," Calhoun said after his top-ranked Huskies beat the Pirates, 99-57, on Saturday night for their most lopsided Big East victory ever. "I can't think of a game where we shared the ball so well and ran so well."

Rashad Anderson and Rudy Gay each scored 18 for Connecticut (22-1, 9-1), which won its 11th straight game. UConn's previous largest margin in a Big East game was an 86-49 victory over Boston College on Feb. 11, 1989.

The Huskies led 43-33 at halftime before outscoring Seton Hall 36-7 in the first 10:57 of the second half. Gay and Anderson combined to score 20 points during the run, and UConn had six dunks.

"That was probably the best half we've played all year," said Marcus Williams, who had 15 points and 10 assists. "We were really unselfish, we hit the glass, ran the offense and locked up on defense."

Seton Hall (15-7, 6-4), which had its six-game winning streak snapped, was led by Donald Copeland with 17 points. The Pirates have played two No. 1 teams this season and lost by a combined 95 points, absorbing a 93-40 setback in November at then-No. 1 Duke.

On Saturday, they kept pace until late in the first half when the Huskies started to put it together.

"When they get it going on all cylinders, the game can slip away, and in a hurry," Seton Hall coach Louis Orr said. "We already know that they're a tough team rebounding and they get out in transition. Once they knock down shots, they're real tough."

Connecticut dominated inside and outside, outrebounding Seton Hall 60-32 and making 10 of 17 three-point attempts. In the second half, they shot 56 percent (23-for-41) from the field and held the Pirates to 23 percent (9-for-39).


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