STORRS. Conn. Connecticut needed 20 minutes to start looking like the No. 1 team in the country.
The Huskies rallied from a three-point halftime deficit to beat Yale 70-60 Monday night in the opening round of the Preseason NIT.
It was better than the only other time Connecticut was a preseason No. 1. The Huskies opened the 1999-00 season with a 70-68 loss to Iowa in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
''We've been through this before with great teams and with not so great teams,'' Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said. ''We were not prepared to pay the price initially.''
The undermanned Bulldogs used a patient offense to spread the floor and keep the Huskies from getting out on the break.
That changed in the second half as the Huskies used a 14-2 run to take a 48-37 lead and they went on to lead by as many as 17 before struggling at the free-throw line in the final 4 1/2 minutes.
''That was an untraditional game,'' Calhoun said. ''We're going to have to be different teams different nights. This will be a work in progress not in terms of talent but with different roles.''
No. 11 Texas 89, Brown 51
AUSTIN, Texas P.J. Tucker had 18 points and 13 rebounds to become the third Texas freshman to finish with a double-double in his college debut.
Tucker broke the Texas freshman first-game record for rebounds and tied the points mark. Brandon Mouton added 16 points, and James Thomas had 19 rebounds for the Longhorns.
Jaime Kilburn led Brown with 16 points.
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