|UConn’s Shabazz Napier gets a shot off over the reach of Wagner’s Naofall Folahan. (Fred beckham/associated press)|
UConn pushes win streak to 13
No. 4 Huskies roll past Wagner
Shabazz Napier scored 21 points and No. 4 Connecticut extended Division 1’s longest winning streak to 13 games with a 78-66 victory over Wagner last night in Storrs, Conn.
Jeremy Lamb added 20 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (2-0), who have never lost a game at Gampel Pavilion during November and December.
Latif Rivers scored 11 points and Tyler Murray added 10, all in the first half, for Wagner (1-1).
After outrebounding Columbia by just two and being outrebounded, 20-10, on the offensive end in their season opener, the Huskies made crashing the boards a point of emphasis in this one. They outrebounded Wagner, 42-24, including 18-11 on the offensive end.
Murray had 7 quick points and Wagner used a 7-0 run to take an early 11-8 lead.
Two blocks by freshman Andre Drummond got the crowd into the game, but the Huskies led just 22-20 with 7:46 left in the first half. A couple of old-fashioned 3-point plays stretched the lead to 8, and a 3-pointer by Lamb made it 35-23. That was part of a 20-8 run that sent UConn into halftime up, 41-28.
The Huskies opened the lead to 18 early in the second half, before Wagner made a run.
Consecutive 3-pointers by Josh Thompson and Rivers and two free throws by Rivers cut the lead to 61-53 with just under eight minutes left.
But Napier and Lamb took over, scoring the next 9 Husky points in an 11-2 run.
The Huskies have not lost since the end of the 2010-11 regular season, before an 11-0 run produced a third national title.
Freshman DeAndre Daniels had 11 points for UConn and Drummond, who did not score in the opener, added 8. Alex Oriakhi had 8 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
The last time UConn lost a regular-season game in Storrs before Jan. 1 was in 1973, a span of 101 games.
UConn has won 35 consecutive nonconference home games.
Syracuse 92, Manhattan 56 - Dion Waiters had 17 points, Kris Joseph and James Southerland each had 15, and the No. 5 Orange (2-0) beat the visiting Jaspers (1-1) in the NIT Season Tip-Off. Syracuse will play Albany (1-1) at home tonight. The Great Danes beat Brown, 77-68, earlier in the Carrier Dome.
Alabama 74, Oakland 57 - JaMychal Green scored 18 points to lead the No. 16 Crimson Tide (2-0) over the Golden Grizzlies (0-1) for their 22d straight victory at Coleman Coliseum, the sixth-longest home winning streak in the nation.
Michigan 64, Towson 47 - Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 15 points, and the No. 17 Wolverines (2-0) started the game on a 21-0 run before cruising past the visiting Tigers (0-2) in a preliminary game of the Maui Invitational.
Marquette 99, Norfolk State 68 - Jae Crowder had 25 points and 10 rebounds and Darius Johnson-Odom added 24 points as the No. 21 Golden Eagles (2-0) had little trouble beating the visiting Spartans (0-1).
Missouri 81, Mercer 63 - Phil Pressey had a career-best 22 points with 4 assists and 5 steals, helping the No. 24 Tigers (2-0) beat the visiting Bears (1-1), extending their school-record winning streak over nonconference opponents at home to 60 games.
Florida St. 73, Central Florida 50 - Bernard James had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Michael Snaer added 15 points to lead the No. 25 Seminoles (2-0) at home over the cold-shooting Knights (1-1), who made just 30.5 percent from the field and were 8 of 20 on free throws.
Providence 80, Fairfield 72 - Vincent Council, Bryce Cotton, and Gerald Coleman combined for 67 points as the visiting Friars (2-0) beat the Stags (1-1). Council finished with a game-high 26 points, 19 in the second half, and Cotton poured in a career-high 24 points. Coleman chipped in with 17 points off the bench.
Niagara 102, Central Connecticut State 93 - Marvin Jordan scored 23 points, including a layup to force overtime, while Juan’ya Green also had 23 points as the Purple Eagles (1-0) withstood 39 points by Kyle Vinales to beat the visiting Blue Devils (0-2).
Albany 77, Brown 68 - In Syracuse, N.Y., Gerard Suero scored 29 points and Logan Aronhalt added 19 points and 13 rebounds as the Great Danes (1-1) dominated early and held on to beat the Bears (1-1), who were led by Matt Sullivan’s 26 points.
Maine 113, Maine-Machias 49 - Justin Edwards had 24 points, Alasdair Fraser notched a double-double, and five players finished in double figures as the Black Bears beat the visiting Clippers (1-4) in their season opener.