No. 2 UConn Improves to 9-0

Jeff Adrien had 18 points and 10 rebounds and No. 2 Connecticut returned from an 11-day break for exams to rout Stony Brook 91-57 on Monday night.

It was the 36th career double-double for the senior forward, who was one of five Huskies in double figures. Hasheem Thabeet had 18 points and nine rebounds, while Jerome Dyson added 16 points and Craig Austrie and A.J. Price had 13 each for UConn (9-0).

Danny Carter led Stony Brook (5-5) with 20 points, 14 in the first half.

Stony Brook, which had been giving up just 55 points per game, used a weave on offense to try and slow the pace, but shot 32 percent from the field.

UConn, which played its first game since a 68-64 victory at Buffalo on Dec. 4, used a 20-2 second-half run to stretch a 12-point lead to 30.

The Huskies have won 134 of their last 135 home games played before January against opponents from outside the Big East.

The competition picks up later this week, when UConn travels to Seattle to face No. 7 Gonzaga on Saturday.

Connecticut looked sluggish early and used 11 players in the game's first 3 minutes. Nine minutes into the game the Huskies led just 16-11.

But that was as close as the Seawolves would come. UConn went on a 19-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Austrie.

Carter hit two 3-pointers as Stony Brook made a push at the end of the half, closing within 44-30.

Two 3-pointers by Bryan Dougher cut the lead to 53-41 early in the second half, but the Huskies were able to get Stony Brook into a running game and stretched the lead back to 66-43 on a 3-pointer by Dyson from the right wing.

The Huskies led 73-43 midway through the second half.

The game marked the return of UConn forward Stanley Robinson, who missed the first semester for personal reasons, spending his time working as a laborer at a metals wholesaler and recycling facility near the Storrs campus in Willimantic. Robinson, who averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds last season for the Huskies, made his presence known early, slamming home an alley-oop pass 3½ minutes into the game. He scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds in 16 minutes.

The win improved Jim Calhoun's record to 12-0 against former assistant coaches. Seawolves coach Steve Pikiell played at UConn from 1987-91 and was an assistant with the Huskies for the 1991-92 season. He is 0-2 against Calhoun.

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