DeAndre Daniels had the best game of his career, netting 31 points and bringing down 12 rebounds, as the Connecticut Huskies defeated the Temple Owls by the score of 90-66 on a snowy Tuesday night at the XL Center in Hartford.
With the win, the Huskies move to 15-4 on the season and 3-3 in the AAC, while Temple falls to a lowly 5-12 and an embarrassing 0-6 in the AAC. Also, once again, Shabazz Napier was brilliant, putting up 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Ryan Boatright missed the game due to returning home to grieve with his family following the death of his cousin. Niels Giffey got the start for Boatright and produced 11 points and five rebounds.
Inexplicably, Amida Brimah only played 13 minutes. He finished the game with no foul trouble, just recording two fouls. This makes no sense to me, as Kevin Ollie needs to rely on the freshman big man going forward if this team is going to make it anywhere this season. Following his breakout game against the UCF Knights, he has recorded 18 minutes, 31 minutes, and 13 minutes consecutively. This is not the consistency and rhythm that an impact player, especially a freshman, needs in order to progress.
The Huskies were red-hot from three-point range, as they shot 12-of-23 from behind the arc for the game. They shot 31-of-58 for the game, or 53.4 percent. Obviously, this is a testament to the defensive effort of the Owls, but nonetheless, it was impressive.
Here’s a fun fact: Napier and Daniels accounted for 20 of the team’s 31 made field goals. But, it’s not like they were ball hogs. In fact, as a team, the Huskies had 15 assists.
All in all, it was a strong effort from the Huskies, who were in control from start to finish.
The Huskies travel to New Jersey to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday. Tip off is at 7:00 p.m. EST.