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Huskies Roll Concordia, 98-38

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There probably isn't much you can take away from Monday night's 98-38 exhibition game victory over Division III Concordia because, well, it was Division III Concordia, a team that won four times last season.

But for coach Kevin Ollie this isn't as much about the score as his Huskies team getting better as it prepares for the regular season.

"The game was great," he said. "We had a complete game today, I believe. We played with spirit. We didn't look at our opponent, we looked at ourselves. It was an "us" game and they took care of business. I'm very proud of their execution. I'm excited with this team. We're going to go in the lab and continue to work on what we've been working on -- that's transition, that's rebounding, that's keeping our man in front of us. I thought they got better tonight."

Sophomore Omar Calhoun led the way with 16 points, followed by Niels Giffey (12), DeAndre Daniels (11) and freshman Terrence Samuel (10 points, 12 assists). Calhoun added a team-high seven rebounds while sophomore Phillip Nolan had six.

"Terrence played incredible," Ollie said. "He's been doing that the whole preseason. He's always playing hard. I can get on him, he doesn't change his face and he just keeps playing. Each and every day, he keeps getting better....To have a double-double, 12 assists, it really shows his patience, really shows his vision, and it's good to have that in my back pocket."

And what about the rebounding, an issue that plagued the team last season and in the previous exhibition game? The Huskies had little trouble on the boards, outrebounding Concordia, 49-26.

"I apologized to my big guys," Ollie said. "My big guys, they boxed out (against Southern Connecticut State). It was the lack of guards boxing out that first game against Southern. And then we gave up a lot of points in transition....So I apologized to my big guys. It wasn't as bad as I thought. We've got to clean up with the guards and have them be more physical and get more rebounds. It showed today. I think Omar had seven rebounds in the first half. We're getting better."

The Huskies' next game will count in the standings. They face Maryland Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

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