Boxscore
Connecticut 81, DePaul 67
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 12:00 PM
Location - Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Officials - Jeff Clark, John Gaffney, Gene Steratore
Attendance - N/A

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
DePaul 33 34 67
Connecticut 46 35 81

Recap


Connecticut 81, DePaul 67:
Jeremy Lamb scored 25 points as the Huskies began their defense of the Big East tournament championship by handing the Blue Demons another first-round exit.

Ryan Boatright collected 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds off the bench for Connecticut (19-12), which swept through the tournament last season en route to the national championship.

The ninth-seeded Huskies, who lost nine of their final 13 games in the regular season to drop onto the bubble, will try to improve their at-large hopes against No. 8 seed West Virginia on Wednesday.

Connecticut jumped out quickly on Tuesday, knocking down 7 of 9 attempts from beyond the arc in the first half to grab a 46-33 lead at the break.

The Huskies began the second half with a 15-4 burst as Andre Drummond began to take control on the inside. The freshman forward scored eight points during the spurt and finished with 12 points.

The 16th-seeded Blue Demons (12-19), would get as close as 70-61 with 7:20 remaining, but Connecticut pushed it back to double digits and cruised to the finish.

DePaul has not won a Big East tournament game since knocking off Cincinnati in the opening round in 2009.

GAME NOTEBOOK:
Cleveland Melvin collected 19 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Demons … DePaul shot just 33 percent (23 of 70) from the floor … Connecticut struggled at the free throw line, shooting 11 of 24.

DePaul Blue Demons

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Krys Faber 20:00 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 1 4 0 0 1 0
Jeremiah Kelly 26:00 1-7 0-4 0-0 2 1 3 2 3 1 2 0 2
Charles McKinney 13:00 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 2
Cleveland Melvin 35:00 8-20 1-3 2-3 6 3 9 2 2 2 0 0 19
Brandon Young 30:00 1-9 0-4 4-4 0 2 2 1 2 1 3 0 6
Worrel Clahar 10:00 1-3 1-1 5-5 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 8
Jamee Crockett 22:00 2-8 1-4 2-2 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 7
Donnavan Kirk 17:00 2-4 0-0 0-0 1 5 6 0 5 2 1 2 4
Moses Morgan 24:00 7-15 5-6 0-1 1 2 3 2 0 1 0 0 19
Derrell Robertson Jr. 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 23-71 8-22 13-15 11 18 29 11 22 8 7 3 67
  32.4% 36.4% 86.7% Team Rebs: 10   Total TO: 7

Connecticut Huskies

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Andre Drummond 29:00 6-13 0-0 0-6 3 2 5 0 0 0 1 4 12
Jeremy Lamb 39:00 10-18 3-6 2-4 0 5 5 4 2 0 4 0 25
Shabazz Napier 16:00 2-3 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 6 4 0 0 0 5
Alex Oriakhi 27:00 4-7 0-0 1-3 3 4 7 1 2 0 0 4 9
Roscoe Smith 36:00 2-4 2-3 1-2 2 6 8 1 3 1 0 1 7
Ryan Boatright 33:00 5-9 2-2 7-9 1 4 5 7 1 0 4 0 19
Tyler Olander 2:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Niels Giffey 14:00 2-3 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 1 0 1 4
DeAndre Daniels 4:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 31-58 8-13 11-24 11 25 36 20 14 2 9 10 81
  53.4% 61.5% 45.8% Team Rebs: 6   Total TO: 9
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