Connecticut opens with 15-0 run, routs Florida A&M 93-54
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)—Jeff Adrien had 16 points and 15 rebounds as Connecticut routed Florida A&M 93-54 Monday in the Huskies’ final tuneup before meeting No. 14 Gonzaga on Saturday in Boston.
It was Adrien’s third double-double this season for the Huskies (5-1).
Hasheem Thabeet finished just shy of a triple-double, scoring 12 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking nine shots.
Stanley Robinson had 16 points, and Jerome Dyson added 15 points and a career-high nine assists for UConn.
Jermonte Bush led Florida A&M (2-4) with 18 points.
It was clear this was a mismatch from the start. The Huskies scored the first 15 points of the game, despite hitting just three of their first eight shots.
Florida A&M didn’t get on the board for the first eight minutes in the first half. After Oliver Prince made it 15-2 by following his own miss, UConn answered by going on a 7-0 run to put the game away early.
The Huskies held the Rattlers to just 15 first half points, and FAMU shot 18 percent from the floor before intermission.
But Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun still found some teaching moments in the game. He called a time-out with about 10 minutes to go in the first half to empty his bench. But when FAMU immediately scored on a fast-break layup, he called another and put the starters back in the game.
FAMU matched its first-half scoring output in the first eight minutes of the second half, but still trailed 63-30, thanks in large part to the play of Robinson. He had nine points during that stretch, including a two-handed slam from the edge of the foul lane, getting a roar from what was mostly a quiet crowd.
UConn led by as many as 42 points in the second half and outrebounded the Rattlers 56-37.