- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - UConn had all the points it needed to beat South Florida by halftime.

The Huskies defense held the Bulls to just 12 baskets on 50 shots in an 83-40 rout on Wednesday night.

DeAndre Daniels scored 12 points in just 23 minutes and freshman Kentan Facey added 10 points for the 24th-ranked Huskies (19-5, 7-4 American Athletic Conference), who led 45-14 at the break.

Musa Abdul-Aleem had eight points for South Florida (12-13, 3-9), which has lost three of its last four games.

They were never in this one.

Amida Brimah opened the game with the first of his six blocked shots. UConn’s 7-foot freshman center also had two dunks in the first 2 minutes as the Huskies ran out to an early 8-0 lead. He finished with nine points.

UConn held the Bulls to just four baskets in the first half and led by 31 after a dunk by Lasan Kromah just before the halftime buzzer. UConn opened the second half on a 17-3 run and led by as many as 47.

“We just kept it rolling,” said UConn coach Kevin Ollie. “We packed the paint and everybody who stepped on the court got a basket and I think that’s amazing.”

The Huskies had 12 players make it into the scoring column and no starter played more than 25 minutes. UConn had 24 assists on its 28 baskets.

“We feel like we’re one of the best teams in the nation and we can beat anybody,” said Daniels. “Once we play UConn basketball and we play defense like we did today, we’ll beat anybody.”

Shabazz Napier, who had seven points and five rebounds while playing just 18 just minutes, moved into UConn’s top-ten scoring list. He passed Donyell Marshall with his first points and Khalid El-Amin with a 3-pointer that made it 13-3.

The Huskies held the Bulls without a field goal for a stretch of more than 6 ½ minutes during a 16-0 run put the Huskies up 33-7.

Kromah’s dunk pushed the lead to 31 points and an alley-oop dunk by Facey pushed the lead over 40 at 59-17.

The Bulls shot just 17 percent from the floor before intermission and Martino Brock even managed to shoot an air-ball on a free throw.

“We took some bad shots, tough decisions,” said USF coach Stan Heath. “It seemed like at some point in time we would have figured out that challenging Brimah was probably not a good thing.”

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