UConn men open with victory

Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2004


  Connecticut's Charlie Villanueva, right, takes the ball to the net over Buffalo's Yassin Idbihi, left, during the first half in Storrs, Conn., Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004. AP Photo/Steve Miller

Connecticut's Charlie Villanueva, right, takes the ball to the net over Buffalo's Yassin Idbihi, left, during the first half in Storrs, Conn., Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004.

AP Photo/Steve Miller

STORRS, Conn. Rashad Anderson scored 23 points and Josh Boone added 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Connecticut to a 90-68 win over Buffalo in the season opener for both teams on Saturday night.

The No. 8 Huskies began defense of their NCAA title with overpowering post play and a crisp transition game. The sharp-shooting Anderson dominated from the perimeter hitting 4 of 9 from 3-point range.

The Huskies wasted little time putting this one away. Boone and Anderson combined for 11 points in UConn's opening 13-2 run. The Bulls got their first basket in the first minute then went scoreless over the next five.

No. 9 Kentucky 77, Coppin St. 46

LEXINGTON, Ky. New guards Patrick Sparks and Rajon Rondo combined for 21 points and led a strong defensive effort for Kentucky.

Chuck Hayes added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats, who are 87-15 in home openers, including 26-3 in Rupp Arena.

No. 11 Duke 88, Tennessee-Martin 46

DURHAM, N.C. J.J. Redick and Daniel Ewing each had 20 points to help Duke win its season opener.

Sheldon Williams added 13 points and 15 rebounds, and Shavlik Randolph scored 11 for the Blue Devils, who broke open a fairly tight game at the half to open coach Mike Krzyzewski's 25th season in style.

No. 14 Louisville 89, BYU-Hawaii 79

LAIE, Hawaii Taquan Dean and Larry O'Bannon each scored 18 points for Louisville.

The Cardinals are in Hawaii to compete in next week's Maui Invitational. Louisville faces Iowa in the first round of the tournament Monday at the Lahaina Civic Center.

The game also marked the return of Louisville coach Rick Pitino to Hawaii. Pitino began his coaching career at Hawaii as a graduate assistant in 1974-75 and was an assistant coach in 1975-76.

No. 17 Pittsburgh 81, Howard 55

PITTSBURGH Chevon Troutman scored 18 points and Pittsburgh showed off a new look offensively in their season opener.

Pittsburgh started three regulars from last season's 31-win team, but it was freshman Ronald Ramon who added a different twist to a team that relied on a physical defense while making made three successive trips to the NCAA round of 16. He quickly hit three 3-pointers against a pulled-back Howard defense to help the Panthers build a 40-15 halftime lead.

Ramon, the first freshman to start a Pitt opener since Ricardo Greer in 1997, was 4-of-6 as Pitt made 6 of 12 3-point attempts.

No. 21 Wisconsin 77, Penn 44

MADISON, Wis. Mike Wilkinson scored all but two of his 19 points in the second half and Brian Butch had a memorable debut for Wisconsin.

Butch, a 6-foot-11 redshirt freshman who spent last season bulking up, had 10 points and four rebounds. Wilkinson, the only returning starter for the Badgers, added 11 rebounds.

Tim Begley led the Quakers (1-2) with 19 points, eight boards and five assists.


No. 15 Michigan State 77, Central Connecticut State 42

EAST LANSING, Mich. Kelli Roehrig had 15 points, including 11 during a 24-2 run to start the game, and No. 15 Michigan State routed Central Connecticut State Saturday in the first game of the Spartan Classic.

Liz Shimek had 16 points and eight rebounds in the season opener for both teams.

No. 17 Rutgers 90, Rider 42

PISCATAWAY, N.J. Michelle Campbell scored a career-high 33 points and had 10 rebounds in the season opener for both teams.

Freshmen Tudy Reed added 13 points, and Matee Ajavon and Essence Carson had 10 apiece.

No. 18 Boston College 71, Western Michigan 50

EAST LANSING, Mich. Jessalyn Deveny, Clare Droesch and Brooke Queenan teamed for 55 points in the second game of the Spartan Classic.

Deveny had a game-high 20 points and added nine rebounds. Droesch had 18 points and five assists, while Queenan added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

No. 11 Notre Dame 66, No. 10 Ohio St. 62

SOUTH BEND, Ind. Jacqueline Batteast scored seven points in Notre Dame's game-ending 12-0 run and the Irish rallied to win the Preseason WNIT championship game.

Batteast finished with 32 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the field and blocked a potential tying 3-pointer by Caity Matter with 2 seconds left.

No. 20 DePaul 99, Southern Cal 77

CHICAGO Jenni Dant scored 29 points to lead DePaul over Southern California.

Allie Quigley scored 21 points, and Khara Smith added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Demons (2-0).

DePaul shot 52 percent and held USC under 40 percent shooting. DePaul shot 8-for-18 from 3-point range.

Jamie Hagiya scored 14 points and Rachel Woodward added 13 to lead the Trojans (1-1).

No. 14 Minnesota 70, Virginia Tech 56

MINNEAPOLIS Jamie Broback scored 23 points, and Janel McCarville added 12 with 14 rebounds to lead Minnesota over Virginia Tech in the championship game of the Subway Classic.

The Golden Gophers (3-1) won their early season tournament for the fifth straight season and 11th time in the event's 24-year history. McCarville registered her 34th career double-double in her second game back from a broken left hand.

Kerri Gardin led Virginia Tech (1-1) with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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