Austrie & Walker Lead UConn Over UHart

Craig Austrie and freshman Kemba Walker scored 21 points each and No. 2 Connecticut ran away from Hartford 99-56 on Monday night, the Huskies' 63rd consecutive win against an instate opponent.

Walker, who started in place of injured A.J. Price, had five rebounds, while Jerome Dyson added 18 points and Jeff Adrien had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Morgan Sabia, who fouled out with seven minutes left, had 15 points for Hartford (0-2), while Joe Zeglinski added 11.

The Huskies (2-0) could not shake the Hawks for more than a half. Hartford went on a 10-2 run to get within 43-42. But UConn started a 33-5 run a short time later and the rout was on. UConn scored 54 of the game's final 66 points.

Price, who rolled his ankle in the Huskies' 81-55 win over Western Carolina on Friday, was in uniform but did not play.

The key stretch began with a dunk by Adrien. Dyson then stole the ball from Jaret Von Rosenberg, dribbled behind his back and made a layup to make it 57-49, with 12:37 left.

On the next possession. Hartford's Andres Torres was called for a 5-second violation, and picked up a technical foul after arguing the call. Austrie hit the free throw and Walker made a 3-pointer to make it 62-49.

Hartford committed 34 personal fouls and the Huskies were in the bonus six minutes into the game.

But it took the Huskies a while to find their shooting touch.

UConn led just 16-12 at the first timeout, and coach Jim Calhoun showed his displeasure by substituting liberally after mistakes. Nine Huskies played in the first five minutes.

UConn shot just 37 percent from the field in the first half, but 60 percent in the second. They held the Hawks to 28 percent shooting in the second half, and outrebounded Hartford 47-32.

UConn's last loss to another team from Connecticut was to Hartford in 1986, Calhoun's first season with the Huskies. The 49-48 victory remains the Hawks' only win over the Huskies in 14 tries. The teams haven't played since 1998, a 95-58 UConn rout.

The loss dropped Hartford to 1-28 against teams from the Big East.

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