UConn 78, AIC 63

Connecticut’s Ryan Boatright (11) and American International College defenders Spencer Braithwaite (3), Jason Perrier (0), and Sesoo Ikpah (20) watch Boatright’s shot during the first half of a men’s NCAA basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

John F. Silver

Omar Calhoun and Ryan Boatright showcased the kind of offense UConn wants to play under first year head coach Kevin Ollie.

The Huskies trailed at the half to American International College but revved things up in the final 20 minutes as Calhoun finished with 24 points, 21 in the second half, and Boatright chipped in with 14 as the Huskies opened up the Ollie Era with a 78-63 win at Gampel Pavilion in an exhibition game.

The Huskies looked unsure early and for much of the first half it was a struggle trailing by as many as nine points. The Huskies eventually hit their stride as Boatright sparked a 13-4 run to open the second half to turn a 29-28 deficit to a 42-33 lead and never looked back.

Calhoun, a freshman from New York City, got things going for the rest of the half looking comfortable in his first game in the UConn white. The Huskies jewel of their current recruiting class shot 8 of 14 from the floor and 3 of 6 from 3-point range. He was 7 of 10 shooting in the second half.

Shabazz Nappier added 11 points and six assists for the Huskies while Tyler Olander added nine points and eight rebounds and DeAndre Daniels eight points and nine rebounds in the effort.