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Boston University vs Connecticut

Daniels, No. 19 UConn pull away from Boston University

CBSSports.com wire reports
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STORRS, Conn. -- DeAndre Daniels broke out of his scoring slump to help No. 19 Connecticut stay undbeaten.

Daniels, who had scored a total of 19 points in the Huskies first three games, had 24 to lead UConn to a 77-60 victory over Boston University on Sunday in the 2K Sports Classic.

''I was able to get myself going and knock a couple of shots down,'' said Daniels, who was just two points off his career high. ''Shabazz (Napier) told me the middle of their zone was wide open, so I kept going to the middle and they kept leaving me wide open.''

Ryan Boatright added 16 points and Napier had 12 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for UConn (4-0) which blew a 19-point first-half lead before pulling away again in the second half.

D.J. Irving had 17 points for Boston (2-1), which had a one-point lead with 17 1/2 minutes to play. Dom Morris added 13 points and nine rebounds, and Maurice Watson Jr. also scored 13 for the Terriers.

''We just had a few mental lapses in the second half,'' said Morris. ''We had our run, they went on their run and we couldn't get back on our run.''

Daniels, who was 10 of 18 from the floor against BU, got the Huskies off to a quick start, scoring eight points in a 10-0 run to open the game. He hit five of his first six shots from the field, while BU was missing its first 12 shots, going without a field goal for the first 8 1/2 minutes.

Consecutive 3s by Omar Calhoun and Boatright put UConn up 32-13, its largest lead of the half. The Huskies were up 37-20 before Boston University began a 15-0 run, scoring the final 12 points of the half.

''We kind of took our foot off the gas pedal, which I don't like to see,'' said UConn coach Kevin Ollie.

UConn appeared to be holding for a final shot, but a miss by Napier with 6 seconds left led to fast break for BU. Maurice Watson Jr. found D.J. Irving on the right wing and his 3-pointer right before the halftime buzzer cut the lead to 37-32.

John Papale made two 3-pointers and Irving hit a jumper to help Boston grab a 43-42 lead early in the second half. The Terriers have made at least one 3-pointer in 526 consecutive games.

They attempted 32 of them against UConn, making eight. The Huskies also made eight shots from behind the arc, but on just 17 attempts.

The teams were tied at 46 when UConn put together a 16-3 run.

Consecutive dunks by Boatright and Daniels made it 53-46. Napier hit two 3-pointers to make it a 10-point lead again at 59-49.

''We were not too worried about giving up the lead, knowing we could be them by however much we had them up by,'' said Napier, who scored all his points in the second half. ''We were just kind of upset that we gave up the lead so quickly.''

UConn won despite getting just 20 points from its bench, which came in averaging more than 36 points this season. The Huskies had six players score in double figures on Thursday night.

Connecticut has now won 41 straight non-conference games at Gampel Pavilion.

Boston University hasn't won a game against a ranked team since 1959. The Terriers, who moved this season from the America East, are favored to win the Patriot League. The Terriers returned all five starters and its seven top scorers from a year ago.

The Huskies improved to 42-12 against BU, and have won 22 of the last 24 meetings between the schools.

''We made it a game,'' said Boatright. ''We had them by 19 and we made it a game. I'm just glad we pulled it together and we came out with the win.''

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DeAndre Daniels scores a game-high 24 points to lead No. 19 UConn past pesky Boston University on Sunday. (USATSI)
DeAndre Daniels scores a game-high 24 points to lead No. 19 UConn past pesky Boston University on Sunday. (USATSI)
Scoreboard
Boston University (2-1)322860
Connecticut #19 (4-0) «374077
BU:D. Irving 17 Pts
BU:D. Morris 9 Reb
BU:M. Watson Jr. 6 Ast
UCONN:D. Daniels 24 Pts
UCONN:S. Napier 12 Reb
UCONN:S. Napier 6 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Boston UniversityConnecticut
BU
D.J. Irving
UCONN
Shabazz Napier
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
176212126
Boston University Terriers
D. Irving, G355-133-462317
J. Papale, G352-60-02106
D. Morris, F344-115-791213
M. Watson Jr., G336-120-026413
N. Dieudonne, F120-10-02030
M. Thomas, G-F251-70-05042
C. Hankerson, G163-82-34029
T. Robinson, F100-30-00000
J. Kennedy, FDid Not Play
J. Alston, FDid Not Play
B. Mbargorba, CDid Not Play
E. Fanning, GDid Not Play
D. Brossman, GDid Not Play
C. Curry, GDid Not Play
D. Haines, FDid Not Play
B. Madrigal, GDid Not Play
Totals 21-6110-1430101860
 34.4%71.4% 
Connecticut Huskies
S. Napier, G383-94-4126112
D. Daniels, F3410-183-331324
R. Boatright, G336-112-432016
O. Calhoun, G231-50-01123
P. Nolan, F190-12-25022
N. Giffey, G-F201-20-13113
T. Olander, F112-41-13125
L. Kromah, G-F102-32-22007
A. Brimah, C102-21-12045
K. Facey, F20-00-00020
L. Tolksdorf, FDid Not Play
R. Purvis, GDid Not Play
T. Samuel, GDid Not Play
P. Lenehan, GDid Not Play
T. Watts, GDid Not Play
Totals 27-5515-1834121777
 49.1%83.3% 
Patriot League
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Army0-07-2173
Lafayette0-07-276
Holy Cross0-05-3112
American0-06-4102
Bucknell0-04-6191
Lehigh0-03-5167
Boston U.0-03-6220
Loyola-Md.0-03-6210
Colgate0-03-8302
Navy0-03-8330

American Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Tulane0-08-1157
Cincinnati0-07-266
Houston0-05-2194
SMU0-07-381
Temple0-07-458
UCF0-06-4238
Memphis0-05-4136
Tulsa0-06-587
E. Carolina0-05-5253
So. Florida0-05-5182
Connecticut0-04-479
 
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