No. 8 Connecticut 89, Vermont 52
STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Khalid El-Amin scored 28 points as No. 8 Connecticut routed Vermont 89-52 Friday night in the first meeting between the schools in 19 years.
El-Amin hit the opening basket seven seconds into the game to give the Huskies (2-1) a lead they would not relinquish. The junior point guard, who finished two points shy of his career high, got 18 first-half points in just 15 minutes.
Connecticut outran the overmatched Catamounts from the opening tip and built a 50-19 halftime lead with bursts of 13-0 and 10-0. The Catamounts (0-1) were held scoreless in the final five minutes of the half.
The uptempo Huskies scored 20 points off their transition game and pummeled Vermont inside, getting 50 points in the paint.
Edmund Saunders finished with 12 points and Albert Mouring had 10 for Connecticut.
Craig Peper led Vermont with 12 points. Trevor Gaines had 10 points and was the only other Cat to finish in double figures.
Connecticut holds a 44-8 edge in the series that dates back to 1925. The win gave the Huskies a 65-game winning streak against non-Big East New England rivals.
It was also the first meeting between Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun and Vermont coach Tom Brennan, both in their 14th season with their schools.