Connecticut gets big 1st half, beats Fordham 88-73

Connecticut gets big 1st half, beats Fordham 88-73
December 21, 2012, 9:21 pm
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Connecticut's Ryan Boatright, right, is fouled by Fordham's Travion Leonard during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Ryan Boatright scored a career-high 26 points and added nine assists as Connecticut routed Fordham 88-73 Friday night.

The Huskies (9-2) used a suffocating defense to force 21 Fordham turnovers while making 15 steals. They scored 35 points off turnovers while amassing their highest point total of the season.

The Huskies shot 50.8 percent (31 of 61) from the floor, including 8 of 21 from 3-point range, in winning their third straight game since losing to North Carolina State in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Shabazz Napier added 19 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals for Connecticut and Omar Calhoun had 17 points. The Huskies scored 57 first-half points and led by as many as 32 in a game they never trailed.

Branden Frazier led the Rams (2-9) with 26 points.