UConn Beats Boston University 77-60 In 2K Sports Classic
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — DeAndre Daniels scored 24 points to lead No. 19 Connecticut to a 77-60 victory over Boston University on Sunday in the 2K Sports Classic.
Ryan Boatright added 16 points and Shabazz 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 17½ minutes to play. Dom Morris added 13 points and nine rebounds, and Maurice Watson Jr. also scored 13 for the Terriers.
Daniels, who had just 19 points in the Huskies’ first three games, was 10 of 18 from the floor against BU.
He 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boston University coach Joe Jones is the bother of Yale coach James Jones, whose team lost to the Huskies last week.
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