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The Huskies look to make it two wins in a row against their in state foe

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

**HALFTIME**

UConn leads CCSU 35-23 on the backs of another strong performance from the offense. Man, is it fun to watch this team when they can make shots. The Huskies shot 14-29 from the field in the first half. The struggles only came from 3 point range, where they shot just 2-10.

UConn got strong production from their back court. Rodney Purvis and Ryan Boatright each scored 7, leading the the team. Omar Calhoun came in for a spell and put in 5 points, including a three pointer. Terrence Samuel finished a tough layup, but he only played 3 minutes. The UConn guards, which have been inconsistent all year, looked ready to play today.

This was a nice half from Daniel Hamilton. Switching between playing the 3 and the 4 depending on the lineup, Hamilton showed off his all around game, finishing the half with 2 points, 4 boards and 4 assists. In general, he just played with energy and was a menace on the floor.

Kentan Facey and Amida Brimah each contributed 6 points. Facey in particular looked good. He added 5 rebounds and showed off some nice post touch. Brimah's impact was felt defensively, where his presence intimidated the Central offense into taking floaters and off balance shots.

Central kept pace for the opening 10 minutes, but starting at the 10:04 mark, they scored just 3 points to close the half. UConn went on a 15-3 run to close the half.

This was a dominant effort from the Huskies. If they can match it or come close, this game will end in a 25+ point victory.

Hartford, CT-- The UConn Huskies look to close out the non-conference portion of the schedule with a victory over Central Connecticut State. UConn is coming off a solid victory against Columbia earlier in the week. They enter today's game with a 5-4 record and are coming off their best offensive performance. Against Columbia, the Huskies shot 57% from the field, a season high.

Central CT is 2-9 on the season, and are riding a two game losing streak. UConn and Central have met 12 teams before this afternoon, with the Huskies sporting an unbeaten 12-0 record. The programs last met in December 2004, with UConn winning 87-59.

UConn is led by senior captain Ryan Boatright. He's averaging 19.3 points per game, a mark that leads the team and the American Athletic Conference. To go along with the scoring, Boatright is putting up 5.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Late in the second half against Columbia, Boatright seemed to tweak his knee but all signs point to him being 100% today and going forward.

Look for Rodney Purvis to build off his strong performance against Columbia. He finished with a team high 21 points, on 7-8 shooting. It was an encouraging sign from Purvis, who had struggled to find a role on the team. If he can maintain an efficient shooting levels, he will be a major piece going forward.

Central is led by sophomore guard Matt Mobley. He enters today averaging 18.8 ppg. Scoring guards have given UConn problems, so neutralizing his threat should be the objective on the game plan.

This is UConn's second regular season contest at the XL Center in Hartford. On December 14th, they defeated Coppin State, 106-85.

Look for the Huskies to bring a lot of energy today to try and put this game out of reach early. Take care of business and get an easy W.

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