STORRS, Conn. — Omar Calhoun led six Connecticut players in double figures with 17 points as the 19th-ranked Huskies routed Detroit 101-55 on Thursday night in the opening round of the 2K Sports Classic.
Niels Giffey tied the career high he set against Yale on Monday with 15 points, all in the first half, for UConn (3-0).
Giffey, who has not scored in the second half of a game this season, entered the game with UConn trailing and hit his first five shots. The Huskies used a 21-2 run to take a 48-26 halftime lead.
Ryan Boatright had 12 points and seven assists for UConn and Shabazz Napier added 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, three days after recording the second triple-double of his career.
All 14 Huskies played, and 13 scored.
Matthew Grant led Detroit (1-2) with 15 points. Juwan Howard Jr., the son of former NBA player and current Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard, added 14.
UConn scored 100 points for the first time since March 2009, when the school put up 103 on Chattanooga.
Huskies coach Kevin Ollie went to Giffey after starter DeAndre Daniels, who came in with just eight points on the season, missed his first four attempts from the field. Daniels came on in the second half, scoring 11 points.
Giffey was 3 of 4 from 3-point range and has hit 11 of his 14 attempts from beyond the arc this season. The Huskies, who came in shooting 53 percent on 3s, were 11 of 19 Thursday.
Dean Smith won’t attend ceremony
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The wife of former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith says he will not attend the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House next week.
In an interview with WNCN in Raleigh, Dr. Linnea Smith said efforts are under way to figure out how to get him to the presentation on Nov. 20, but she added that traveling is hard for Smith and “it’s just really something beyond his ability right now.”
It was in 2010 that the family revealed that Smith is suffering from a “progressive neurocognitive disorder that affects his memory.”
Smith, who led the Tar Heels to two national championships and is in the Basketball Hall of Fame, will be represented by his long-time coaching assistant, Bill Guthridge, and current UNC coach Roy Williams.