UConn 67, Vermont 49

Connecticut’s Ryan Boatright reacts after sinking a 3-point shot in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vermont, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

John F. Silver

STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut men’s basketball team had no letdown against Vermont on Tuesday.

Shabazz Napier scored all 13 points in the second half as the No. 23 ranked Huskies produced a balanced effort holding Vermont to a paltry 30 percent shooting in a 67-49 win over Vermont at Gampel Pavilion.

The Huskies are coming off an emotional win over Michigan State in Germany on Friday, but showed little jet lag or tiredness in improving to 2-0 to start the season. Omar Calhoun added 12 points, R.J Evans 11 and Ryan Boatright and Tyler Olander nine as the Huskies continued their non-conference dominance at Gampel improving to 71-4 since the building opened in 1990 with its 39th straight non-conference win in Storrs.

The Huskies continued to play ferocious defense even as the shooting stalled as it forced 16 Vermont turnovers scoring 23 points off of them with eight fastbreak points while holding to zero. The Huskies continued to struggle on the boards being out-rebounded by Vermont 39-32 giving up 17 offensive rebounds, but were never threatened in the second half building as much as a 19 point lead to win going away.

UConn will play against Wake Forest at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands on Friday.