UConn Tops Florida International, 99-48

The Connecticut men's basketball team returned to NCAA action with a 99-48 trampling of Florida International Tuesday night at the Gampel Pavilion.

Junior guard Rashad Anderson (Lakeland, Fla.) scored 17 points and the Huskies blocked a school-record 19 shots as seventh-ranked Connecticut blitzed Florida International, 99-48, Tuesday evening before a sellout crowd of 10,167 at the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion.

The Huskies, playing their first game since returning from a four-game exhibition tour of England, improve to 2-0 with the win. The Golden Panthers slip to 3-2.

The first half was played at a frenetic pace as the Huskies bolted out to a 26-11 lead just 9:16 into the contest. Junior Denham Brown (Toronto, Ont.) hit three three-pointers in the opening burst for UConn. Freshman point guard Antonio Kellogg (Oakland, Calif.) hit two-three pointers as well in the key spurt. Brown finished the half with 13 points on five of six shooting, and sat out the second half with a twisted ankle. Kellogg and fellow point guard Marcus Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.) each had a team-best five assists.

Sophomore center Josh Boone (Mt. Airy, Md.) notched his second straight double-double with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, and added four blocked shots. Freshman Rudy Gay (Baltimore, Md.) added 12 points and eight rebounds off of the bench. Junior Hilton Armstrong had a career-best five blocks as the Huskies eclipsed the previous school mark of 16, which was set last season against Army. Armstrong also had a highlight reel dunk late in the contest. Sophomore forward Marcus White (Chicago, Ill.) had seven points and nine rebounds in 17 active minutes.

The Huskies shot 47 percent (35-of-74) from the field, and made nine of 19 attempts from long range. The Huskies enjoyed a 57-38 rebounding advantage and converted 26 FIU turnovers into 26 points. Ivan Almonte and Ismael N'Diaye each scored 12 points for FIU.

The Huskies return to the hardwood when they entertain Big 10 foe Indiana on Saturday, December 4. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m. at the Hartford Civic Center, and the game will televised nationally by CBS.

Post-Game Quotes

Connecticut Head Coach Jim Calhoun

"In this type of a game, if I was to make an awful lot of evaluations, I would be making a mistake."

"We came out, we rebounded, we set a school record for blocked shots – I will leave a message on Emeka's phone that we have real shot-blockers here at UConn now that he's left…"

"After about five, six, seven minutes, we just took the starch out of them and just pounded the ball inside. Then they decided to go zone after we got the ball inside, and we buried our first eight of 10 or 11 threes, and the game was, basically, over by that time."

"I thought Antonio Kellogg really got the game going. When he game in the game, he got it going. I thought Marcus White got us going. And Ed Nelson took the big strong kid, Burnett, and wouldn't let him post us anymore."

"I could have played Ed Nelson 20 minutes. I may have that problem all year. I don't say that as a reflection of Charlie. I will say if you look at the rebounding total 17 minutes (for Charlie) may have been a little high. Charlie's going to be a very good player for us and an important part."

  • On Denham Brown, Rashad Anderson and Josh Boone

    "They do things in games to keep themselves in games. Rashad starts off and they go zone, and it's bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang…. Between Denham, Rashad and Josh, we became very tough to play. Pick your poison. Then Rashad starts missing shots and he takes two charges in a row. That's what a basketball player has to do. Charlie blocked three shots, but I have higher aspirations for Charlie. Charlie's got a chance to be a very good player for us, but I don't think he was very good tonight."

  • On Rudy Gay

    "He could have made a couple of foul shots tonight, and maybe avoided foul trouble, but he's going to have his nights. I still believe he'll get 30."

    "Right now, as of today, as we head to December 1, our five man rotation is a rotation. The only guy who will be constantly in the twenties – and could even be in the thirties – will be Josh Boone. There's a reason for that: Because he's the most stable and our best defender, etcetera, etcetera."

Junior Rashad Anderson

"Coach kept yanking me and telling me to relax because he thought that I was rushing. I thought I rushed. I traveled a couple of times, I was so open a lot of times that I really wanted it, so I think I rushed a lot of shots tonight, but I'll be ready Saturday, trust me.

"Marcus [Williams] and Antonio [Kellogg], they just continue to get better every day in practice running our team. It's going to be a lot of fun to step on the court again on Saturday."

  • On UConn's early timeout

    "Coach just settled us down and told us we can't make mistakes like that."

  • On UConn's frontline

    "We shut them out. Coach said to call Emeka and tell him, 'We don't need you anymore.'"

Sophomore Josh Boone

  • On the Huskies' defense tonight

    "That's what type of team we are. If we are going to be successful we are going to have to do like we did last year and play great defense."

    "I think we did a really good job of keeping our focus tonight, even when we were up 30 points we didn't try to set it on cruise control we just kept pushing the ball up the floor and kept playing hard defense."

  • Any jetlag from the London trip?

    "Maybe on that first play, but other than that I don't think there was too much jet lag involved. We got most of that out yesterday in practice."

  • On the early timeout

    "Definitely the earliest I've seen him call a timeout, but it was well deserved."

  • On playing against pro teams

    "The time in London was good because it let us play against grown men and pro teams, but in the end we are going to have to play against college teams. It is just a completely different style of game over there."

Freshman Antonio Kellogg

"I had a fairly good game. I'm just trying to do what I can do to help the team out – just come off the bench and bring a spark."

"I'm getting more comfortable with the offense and adjusting to point guard and knowing exactly what he wants me to do."

  • Did you think the bounce pass to Denham Brown was going to make it through?

    "I was kind of cutting it close. I was telling Josh on the bench, ‘If that was stolen, I never would have heard the end of that.' Good thing it went through and we got play of the game for it."

  • Is it tough to play in a game with such a lopsided score?

    "We don't want to embarrass them, but we don't want them to put up a lot of points either. We have to make a statement at the same time because we're trying to be the best defensive team in the country."

    "You have to play hard. You have to treat ever game like it's the last game. You just try and get better."

  • Have you ever seen a coach call a time out after 9 seconds?

    "No. No way. I knew at that point he was like, ‘We can't have this happen.' He told us the big man knew how to play basketball. And we knew we were in for a long night if we were to have kept letting that go."

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