STAR OF THE GAME: Shabazz Napier, still bothered by a left shoulder contusion, was efficient throughout, totaling 19 points, five rebounds and six assists. The 6-foot-1 junior buried a 3-pointer from the right wing to give UConn a 38-32 lead with just over eight minutes remaining, and then quickly added another to extend the Huskies' lead to seven.
KEY TO THE WIN: Aside from a career-best 21 points from Jerome Seagears, Rutgers was dreadful offensively. Take Seagears out of the equation and the Scarlet Knights were 12-for-38 from the floor and 1-for-10 from 3-point range.
WORTH NOTING: DeAndre Daniels scored four points -- a putback layup and a dunk off a steal -- in six seconds to give UConn a 52-43 lead with 3:58 left. Ryan Boatright added a leaner with 2:20 that opened an 11-point lead and essentially sealed the deal. Daniels finished with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds. ... Rutgers, fueled by some hot 3-point shooting, went on a 10-0 spurt early in the second half to claim a 30-28 advantage. UConn administered a late 10-0 run of its own that clinched the win. ... A solid defensive effort -- coupled with some inept Scarlet Knights offense -- held Rutgers to four points over a 9 1/2-minute span in the first half.