UConn much too strong for Delaware State
Reserve forward Gavin Edwards scored 17 points to lead a balanced offense for second-ranked Connecticut, which rolled up a 26-point halftime lead and cruised past Delaware State, 79-49, last night in Storrs, Conn.
Jerome Dyson had 15 points for the Huskies (7-0), and Hasheem Thabeet added 10 points and tied his career high with 17 rebounds. Jeff Adrien contributed 12 points.
UConn led, 44-18, going into the break after holding the Hornets (1-9) to 23 percent shooting from the floor. All but two of Delaware State's first-half points came from Donald Johnson, who finished with 25.
Johnson hit his fifth 3-pointer to open the second half, triggering a 9-2 run. UConn didn't get its first field goal after intermission until Thabeet slammed an alley-oop on an inbounds play with 15:29 left, but later went on a 14-4 run to make it 69-42 with 3:38 left.
"We had some good things happen," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. "Gavin is a good thing. Hasheem's 17 rebounds is a good thing. But I don't think we played as well as we were capable of playing."
Syracuse 86, Colgate 51 - Playing their first game as a ranked team in more than a year, the No. 16 Orange received 22 points from Paul Harris and beat the visiting Raiders for the 43d straight time.
Jonny Flynn added 12 points and a season-high seven assists for Syracuse (7-0), which improved to 116-45 against its longtime upstate New York foe. Colgate (2-3) trailed, 43-13, at halftime, coming within 2 points of equaling the fewest allowed by the Orange in one half.
In its previous two games, Syracuse rallied from 13-point deficits to beat then-No. 22 Kansas in overtime and Virginia. No second-half rally was needed in this game. Harris and Flynn combined to score the Orange's first 15 points in the opening 4:31.
Fairfield 78, Holy Cross 66 - Jonathan Han paced a strong effort on the road by the Stags (4-3), supplying 18 points and 11 assists in a win over the Crusaders.
Holy Cross trailed, 40-33, at the break and couldn't make up ground, shooting just 26.7 percent from the field in the second half. Devin Brown led the Crusaders (2-5) with a career-high 22 points, going 10 for 10 from the free throw line.
Albany 57, Bryant 47 - The host Great Danes (5-2) beat the Bulldogs for the second time in 13 days behind a strong all-around game by Anthony Raffa (17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists).
Barry Latham scored 16 points for Bryant (1-4), which shot a season-low 32.7 percent from the field, including 3 of 21 from 3-point range.
Binghamton 74, Quinnipiac 58 - Four players reached double figures for the visiting Bearcats (3-2), with Dwayne Jackson netting 15 of his team-best 17 points after intermission.
Jackson had 11 points during a 22-9 run that buried the Bobcats (3-3). Quinnipiac had just six field goals in the second half, none during Binghamton's game-breaking burst.
UNew England 88, Colby 77 - The Nor'easters (2-3) beat the Mules (3-3) for the first time in more than 20 years, getting 17 points from Jaykyri Simpson in Biddeford, Maine.
Rutgers 64, Temple 60 - Epiphanny Prince scored 19 of her 25 points in the second half, enabling the No. 15 Scarlet Knights (3-2) to pull away from the Owls (3-2) in Philadelphia and break a two-game losing streak.
Rutgers's longest skid in five years looked like it might be extended when Temple built a 15-point lead late in the first half. But the Scarlet Knights went on a 12-2 run to slice the deficit to single digits and took their first lead, 43-42, midway through the second half.
Bryant 53, St. Francis (N.Y.) 50 - Kelsey O'Keefe had 15 points, including the 1,000th of her career, as the Bulldogs (3-4) prevailed in their home opener.
Cornell 58, Fairfield 54 - The Big Red (4-3) won their 11th straight at home, subduing the Stags (3-3) behind Shannan Scarselletta's 21 points.
Albertus Magnus 75, Anna Maria 47 - At New Haven, Nikki McClease racked up 21 points and 19 rebounds to carry the Falcons (5-2).
Salem St. 6, Worcester St. 4 - Justin Fox had a natural hat trick in the first period and finished with five goals and one assist for the host Vikings (3-1-0).