Once again, the UConn men's basketball team took the court against an opponent it should beat and appropriately took care of business at home, grabbing an 85-66 win over New Hampshire in front of 9,047 screaming fans at Gampel Pavilion.
Sterling Gibbs and Rodney Purvis got UConn (2-0) going early, with the two combining to score the Huskies' first 12 points of the game. Gibbs ended the first half on fire with 18 points on 6 of 7 shooting. He finished with 21 in the game. Purvis finished with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting.
After building a lead in the first half, Kevin Ollie put on his lab coat and started experimenting with different lineups. Jalen Adams, Phil Nolan and Kentan Facey all notched more than 15 minutes in the game, with Omar Calhoun and Sam Cassell Jr. seeing decent time on the floor, as well. It didn't lead to an ideal middle and end to the first half, but hopefully those depth guys learned from the experience. Curiously, Steve Enoch did not make an appearance on the floor.
After a strong open to the season, Shonn Miller was pretty quiet Tuesday, finishing with three points, two rebounds and two assists. He also got into some early foul trouble and had to be taken out, which may have affected his rhythm.
The Wildcats were able to stay in the game through the second half, mostly thanks to strong 3-point shooting and UConn's difficulties against the zone defense. Still, the Huskies kept a comfortable lead throughout, sparked by 13 second-half points from Daniel Hamilton, who was held scoreless in the first half. He finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
The offense looked out of sorts for stretches but, for the most part, this was another strong outing for UConn.
The Huskies will be back in action Saturday at noon against Furman at Gampel Pavilion.