Storrs, CT (SportsNetwork.com) - DeAndre Daniels scored 24 points and Shabazz
Napier added 12 points with 12 rebounds and six assists as 19th-ranked
Connecticut eased past Boston University, 77-60, at Gampel Pavilion.
Ryan Boatright chipped in 16 points for the Huskies (4-0), who pulled away in
the second half after blowing a 19-point first-half lead.
D.J. Irving scored 17 points and Dom Morris contributed 13 with nine rebounds
for Boston University (2-1), which had beaten Northeastern and UMass-Lowell to
start the season.
The Huskies scored the game's first 10 points, led by eight from Daniels, and
built a 32-13 advantage with just over six minutes left in the half on a three
"I just wanted to stay aggressive the whole time. I played terrible the first
two games," said Daniels, who had a total of 19 points in UConn's first three
games. "I wasn't able knock down the shots. I'm just staying aggressive, just
keep shooting, and I was able to hit some shots tonight."
BU trimmed the deficit to 37-32 at the break, as Irving hit a trio of shots
from beyond the arc during a 12-0 run to close the half. A trey from John
Papale to start the second half made it a two-point game, and Irving's jumper
two minutes later gave the Terriers their first and only lead at 43-42.
"We started off the game pretty well and then we kind of took our foot off the
gas pedal, which I don't like to see," said UConn coach Kevin Ollie. "They are
a tough team to guard."
A three-point play by Morris a few minutes later tied the game for BU at
46-46, but UConn scored the next seven points as part of an 18-3 run that
finally put the scrappy Terriers away.
Napier drilled a pair of threes and Daniels' jumper with just over eight
minutes left capped the burst and gave the Huskies a 64-49 cushion.
UConn led by as many as 19 a few minutes later and the Terriers got only as
close as 13 down the stretch.
"I was proud of my guys," said BU coach Joe Jones. "I thought we fought hard.
I think the size and length of Connecticut early on had us a little shaken,
and then once we calmed down and we got in a rhythm we showed flashes of the
team that we can be."
The Huskies shot 49.1 percent from the field and held BU to 34.4 percent ...
BU made just 8-of-32 from beyond the arc, but matched UConn's rebound total of
36 ... UConn improved to 42-12 all-time against BU, including 22 wins in the
last 24 meetings.
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