HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Freshman Omar Calhoun scored a season-high 22 points and Ryan Boatright had 21 to lead Connecticut to an 84-50 victory over winless Maryland-Eastern Shore on Monday night at the XL Center.
It was UConn’s first game since 20 students and six adults were killed last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown and a pre-game ceremony was held to honor their memory.
As a tribute to the victims, UConn players wore green “SH” patches on the front of their white jerseys and some wrote messages on their sneakers and socks. Boatright wrote “SH” on his left cheek.
Calhoun and Boatright combined to score 15 of UConn’s first 17 points in the second half. UConn went on a 15-0 run, capped by Boatright’s steal and dunk that pushed to lead to 65-33 with 11:44 remaining.
The Huskies (8-2) shot a season-high 66 percent from the field (33 of 50) and were 10 of 19 from 3-point range.
Louis Bell scored 12 points and Ron Spencer had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Hawks (0-10), who played without point guard Kyree Jones, the team’s leading scorer. He was bothered by a sore back, according to coach Frankie Allen.
UConn’s guards took advantage with superior perimeter shooting. Calhoun and Boatright combined to shoot 16 of 21 from the field and made 8 of 10 3-point attempts.
DeAndre Daniels scored 13 points and Shabazz Napier had 11 points and eight assists for the Huskies (8-2).
Bell wrote “S.H.E.S. Newtown, CT” and “12-14-12” — the date of the incident — on the back of each sneaker.
Maryland-Eastern Shore had a 30-26 rebounding advantage but shot 38.5 percent.
Boatright scored 13 points in the first half and UConn shot 62.5 percent to take a 39-27 lead.
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