STORRS, Conn. -- — Tyler Polley scored 17 points and No. 23 UConn used stifling defense to rout overmatched Long Island University 93-40 on Wednesday night.
The Huskies led by 16 points at halftime and opened the second half on a 14-2 run.
Isaac Kante had 16 of his 17 points in the first half for LIU, which has begun the season with three consecutive road losses.
The Huskies started slowly, hitting just three of their first 12 shots from the field and trailing 12-9 after eight minutes.
But UConn had an 9-0 run from there, taking a 17-12 lead on a reverse layup and free throw by Polley. Jalen Gafney's steal led to a highlight-reel dunk from Jackson that pushed that lead to 27-16.
LIU scored just 10 points over the final 7:51 of the first half and trailed 38-22 at the intermission.
LIU: This was LIU's first game of the season on the East Coast after falling at San Francisco and Fresno State. Leading scorer Ty Flowers, who came in averaging 17.5 points, was held to just four. ... LIU was 2 of 16 from 3-point range.
UConn: Freshman Jordan Hawkins, a highly touted shooter, made his UConn debut in the second half. Hawkins, who missed the team's first two games with an injured right ankle, had five points, four rebounds and three steals.
LIU: At Saint Peter's on Tuesday night.
UConn: Host Binghamton on Saturday.
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