Fordham vs Connecticut

UConn 88, Fordham 73

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Ryan Boatright scored a career-high 26 points and added nine assists as Connecticut routed Fordham 88-73 Friday night.

The Huskies (9-2) used a suffocating defense to force 21 Fordham turnovers while making 15 steals. They scored 35 points off turnovers while amassing their highest point total of the season.

The Huskies shot 50.8 percent (31 of 61) from the floor, including 8 of 21 from 3-point range, in winning their third straight game since losing to North Carolina State in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Shabazz Napier added 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals for Connecticut and Omar Calhoun had 17 points. The Huskies scored 57 first-half points and led by as many as 32 in a game they never trailed.

Branden Frazier led the Rams (2-9) with 26 points.

A 19-0 run by the Rams early in the second half cut the Huskies' 32-point lead to 13 points, 63-50, with just over 12 minutes to play. An R.J. Evans layup and then a Boatright steal and layup with 11:49 remaining stopped the bleeding for Connecticut.

Fordham would get no closer than 13 the rest of the way, and a Tyler Olander layup and back-to-back jumpers by DeAndre Daniels (10 points) pushed Connecticut's lead back up to 73-54.

Connecticut got another stellar game from its three-guard backcourt as Boatright, Napier and Calhoun picked Fordham apart, combining for 62 of the Huskies' points.

Boatright scored nine points in the first five minutes on 4-of-6 shooting, pacing the Huskies to an 18-15 lead.

The Huskies increased their defensive pressure over the next three minutes and pulled away with an 11-0 run, capped by Evans' 3-pointer from the left corner for a 29-15 lead with 8:57 left in the half. Connecticut would go on a 39-13 run over the final 12 minutes of the half to take a commanding 57-28 lead at the break.

The Huskies played their best first half of the year, scoring 21 points off 13 Fordham turnovers, including 11 steals.

Boatright scored 20 points and added seven assists in the first half on 7-of-11 shooting. Calhoun scored 13 first-half points, including three 3-pointers.

Connecticut shot 8 of 16 from 3-point range in the first half and had 16 assists on 21 baskets.

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Fordham Rams
C. Gaston, F214-53-462111
R. Canty, C223-60-05106
B. Frazier, G3610-171-245226
B. Smith, G262-80-03136
J. Myers, G123-30-00157
M. Thomas302-62-35436
R. Rhoomes180-11-37021
T. Leonard152-71-23145
J. Short110-30-01100
L. Zivkovic40-10-02110
K. Robinson30-12-21002
J. Fay21-10-00003
Totals 27-5910-1640172173
 45.8%62.5% 
Connecticut Huskies
D. Daniels, F204-102-231110
E. Wolf, C80-00-01030
R. Boatright, G359-146-919326
O. Calhoun, G356-102-312117
S. Napier, G325-117-776219
T. Olander172-61-16025
N. Giffey161-20-01122
R. Evans154-50-00119
P. Nolan150-10-02000
L. Tolksdorf60-20-00120
B. Allen10-00-00010
Totals 31-6118-2228211888
 50.8%81.8% 
Atlantic 10
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Dayton14-223-521
VCU13-323-624
Rhode Island11-519-944
Richmond11-517-1191
St. Bona.10-618-1090
George Mason8-818-11113
Geo. Wash.8-816-13123
La Salle8-814-13119
Davidson7-914-13112
Fordham7-913-16197
Saint Louis5-1110-19244
UMass4-1214-15178
Saint Josephs3-1310-18187
Duquesne3-1310-19239

American Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
SMU15-125-418
Cincinnati14-225-414
Houston11-520-854
UCF10-719-1076
UConn9-714-14105
Memphis8-818-11111
Tulsa8-814-14120
Temple6-1115-15124
E. Carolina5-1113-16228
Tulane2-145-23286
So. Florida1-157-20304
 
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FAU 52 Final
IND 88
NIAG 67 Final
ND 89