Connecticut's Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun combined for 43 points — almost as many as the entire UMES team — and the host Huskies stayed unbeaten athome with an 84-50 win Monday in the schools' first meeting in men's basketball in 25 years.
It was an emotional night for the Huskies and the announced 8,841 in the building, as the victims of Friday's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., were remembered before the game. Players, cheerleaders, band and dance team members gathered in a circle, holding 26 candles. It was a moving moment, but after the game coach Kevin Ollie called for a "movement" to stop violence.
Connecticut announced it was forming a scholarship fund for the survivors; the Huskies hope to visit the Newtown area after Christmas.
Boatright and Calhoun, a freshman, spearheaded an oustanding 3-point shooting performance by UConn (8-2), which went 10-for-19 from beyond the arc. Boatright made five 3s, and Calhoun hit three. DeAndre Daniels scored 13 points, while Shabazz Napier totaled 11 points and eight assists.
"They shot the 3 a lot better than we anticipated," Hawks coach Frankie Allen said. "Some of that was that we didn't get back in transition, we didn't close out. … [UConn's] kids play hard all the time — you have to respect that from their coaching staff. We hung in there a little longer than they probably anticipated, but in the second half they turned it up. They have that second gear."
Louis Bell scored 12 points and Ron Spencer had 11 for the Hawks (0-10), who remained winless despite outrebounding the Huskies 28-23. UMES, which was without point guard Kyree Jones (back injury) on Monday, is off to its worst start since it went 0-12 to open the 2002-03 season.
UMES shot 46 percent from the field in the first half and trailed only 39-27 at the break.
"Our defense was nonexistent," Ollie said. "It was a toughness thing. … We imposed our will on them in the second half."
Boatright and Calhoun started the second half with 3s, and the Huskies went on a 26-6 run, including 15-0 at one point, to break the game open. Boatright, off a steal, dunked it to finish the spurt and give UConn a 65-33 lead. UMES hit just seven of 24 shots from the field in the second half.
"Omar had got to where we'd finish practice and he'd think it was over," Boatright said. "We'd tell him, 'If you want to be great, you've got to stay in the gym.' Usually freshman freshmen come in hungry from the get-go, but then when they have some success they forget they have to do those things."
Connecticut, which came in averaging 11.2 turnovers per game, committed just nine.
Salisbury 76, Virginia Wesleyan 67: For the second consecutive season, the Sea Gulls (9-1) defeated the host Marlins (7-1), ranked No. 1 in Division III by D3hoops.com.
The backcourt tandem of senior Travon Vann and junior Tim Harwood tallied 21 points apiece, and sophomore guard Chris Viqueira chipped in with 13 off the bench as Salisbury won its sixth straight game, the program's longest streak since the start of the 2000-01 season.
Vann, who had missed the previous two games, also recorded four rebounds, two assists and a steal, while Harwood finished with six boards, three assists and a steal.
The Sea Gulls, who shot 44 percent (27-for-61) from the field and led 39-34 at halftime, never trailed.
Stevenson 95, Marywood 78: Led by a career-high 22 points and six steals from freshman Christian Roberts, the visiting Mustangs (5-4) ended a two-game losing streak and moved to 4-0 in nonconference play this season.
Roberts was 8-for-10 from the field while adding three rebounds, three assists and the most steals by a Mustang since Terrell Dantzler had seven against Gallaudet on Dec. 3, 1999. Roberts also had just one turnover in 28 minutes.
A 17-2 run gave the Mustangs a 35-26 lead with 4:19 to play in the first half, and they never trailed again.
Stevenson shot 52.9 percent from the floor field and forced 22 turnovers, which led to 34 points. The team also held a plus-11 rebound margin and scored 19 second-chance points.
Junior Stefon McCray (Archbishop Spalding) totaled 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench and was 7-for-9 from the field. Senior Brett Burrier added 13 points and seven rebounds, while senior Tyson Jacobs (Owings Mills) had 11 points, and junior Alfonzo Hawkins (City) scored 10 to go along with four assists.
Shenandoah 54, St. Mary's 51, OT: Playing in their second overtime contest in six days, the visiting Seahawks (5-4) were outscored 8-5 by the Hornets (5-6) in the extra session after opening it with a 4-0 run. Junior forward Marché Pearson (Laurel) capped a 5-1 St. Mary's run to make it a 51-51 contest with 49 seconds left.
Senior Joanna Murray (Franklin) finished the night with 14 points and a season-best six rebounds to pace St.Mary's, while Pearson added 12 points, four boards and one block.
CONNECTICUT 84, UMES 50
UMES (0-10): Bell 4-10 2-2 12, Cowell 2-6 0-0 5, Ezeiru 0-2 0-2 0, Snyder 4-9 0-0 8, Spencer 5-10 1-2 11, Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Ekeanyanwu 0-0 0-0 0, Kosile 0-0 0-0 0, Mays 3-6 2-2 8, Pitt 1-1 2-4 4, Trim 0-0 0-0 0, Williams II 1-7 0-0 2. Totals 20-52 7-12 50.
CONNECTICUT (8-2): Boatright 8-10 0-0 21, Calhoun 8-11 3-3 22, Daniels 6-9 1-3 13, Napier 4-4 2-2 11, Wolf 0-2 0-1 0, Allen 0-1 0-0 0, Giffey 3-5 1-1 7, James 0-0 0-0 0, Lenehan 0-0 0-0 0, Nolan 3-3 0-2 6, Olander 0-1 0-0 0, Tolksdorf 1-4 1-2 4, Vandal 0-0 0-0 0, Watts 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-50 8-14 84.
Halftime—Connecticut 39-27. 3-Point Goals—UMES 3-9 (Bell 2-5, Cowell 1-2, Mays 0-1, Williams II 0-1), Connecticut 10-19 (Boatright 5-6, Calhoun 3-4, Napier 1-1, Tolksdorf 1-4, Daniels 0-2, Giffey 0-2). Rebounds—UMES 30 (Spencer 8), Connecticut 26 (Wolf, Daniels, Boatright 4). Assists—UMES 8 (Mays 4), Connecticut 21 (Napier 8). Total Fouls—UMES 12, Connecticut 8. A— (10,167).Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun