No. 14 Connecticut routs Boston U. 92-64
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)—Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun got a scare Wednesday night, not from Boston University, but from Husky star Jerome Dyson.
Dyson scored 22 points to lead No. 14 UConn to a 92-64 rout of the Terriers. He also fell awkwardly at the start of the second half, and stayed down on the court for several minutes.
“It was frightening, no question,” Calhoun said. “He’s so strong, that’s what saved him. He slipped, did a split and we thought he pulled a groin.”
Dyson, who led UConn to a 22-1 start last season, is back from a right knee injury that kept him out of the Huskies’ run to the Final Four.
This injury kept him out about 4 minutes.
“I knew when I rolled over that nothing was wrong,” he said. “I knew initially that it was my groin area, but when everybody ran out, they thought it was my (knee) again.”
Kemba Walker had 15 points and 10 assists for the Huskies (5-1), while Stanley Robinson added 16 points and nine rebounds. Gavin Edwards chipped in with 12 points and nine boards.
John Holland led the Terriers (2-6) with 23 points and Jake O’Brien added 18 points and 10 rebounds. BU, which was picked by the coaches in the America East to win the conference, was playing short-handed. Starting guard Corey Lowe sat with inflammation in his right foot and reserve forward Valdas Sirutis missed the game with a sprained left ankle. Scott Brittain, who started last season, isn’t playing because of a sixth concussion suffered in preseason practice.
“I always say, it’s an opportunity for somebody to step up,” first-year coach Patrick Chambers said. “Nobody feels bad for us. People want to play us.”
UConn, which was outrebounded by 13 in its 68-59 loss to No. 6 Duke last Friday, had no problems with the smaller Terriers, outrebounding them 54-29.
Walker said Calhoun made that a point of emphasis in practice this week.
“If the opposing team gets the offensive rebound, we know we’re going to be running,” he said. “So rebounding’s big for us. That’s probably going to be the key to our season.”
Connecticut started slowly, hitting just three of its first 12 shots and trailed 13-9 almost 8 minutes into the game. Behind 15-13, UConn went to a press and went on a 12-1 run that gave it a 25-16 lead.
The Huskies ended the half on a 12-3 run to go up 52-24. The final three points came on foul shots after a replay showed that Walker had been hit on the arm with 0.2 seconds remaining. The referees had to go into the Boston University locker room to bring the Terriers back to the court.
The Huskies ran away with the game in the second half. Two highlight-reel dunks from Robinson made it 78-46 midway through the half and UConn led by as many as 33.
BU came in shooting 35 percent from the field, and the Huskies held the Terriers to 30 percent.
“I think we overmatched them tonight, and I think we worked to do that,” Calhoun said.
The Huskies have won 105 of their last 106 games against non-conference opponents from New England. It was the first time these schools played since 1997. UConn is 41-12 against the Terriers.
The win was Calhoun’s 810th at Connecticut.
Boston University hasn’t beaten a ranked team since March 13, 1959, when it topped then-No. 18 Navy 62-55 in the NCAA tournament. The Terriers lost 85-67 to then-No. 21 Georgia Tech in Puerto Rico on Nov. 22.
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