Brimah scores 40 as UConn beats Coppin State 106-85
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Amida Brimah scored a career-high 40 points and UConn snapped a three-game losing streak with a 106-85 rout of Coppin State.
Connecticut's 7-foot center, who had never before scored more than 20 points in a game, made all 13 of his shots from the field, many of them dunks and hit 14 of his 16 foul shots. He also had 12 rebounds.
Ryan Boatright added 22 points and Kentan Facey had 15, also a career best for UConn (4-3), which outscored an undersized Coppin State (1-9) 58-22 in the paint.
Arnold Fripp had 25 points and nine rebounds before fouling out to lead Coppin State. Christian Kessee added 22.
UConn started the game with an ally-oop pass from Boatright to Brimah and UConn, and went on a 13-2 run in the first two minutes of this game.
They led 51-39 at the half, opened the second half on a 10-0 run and stretched the lead from there.
UConn had not won a game since beating Dayton in the second round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tourney on Nov. 21. The last two losses, to Texas and Yale, both came on 3-point shots in the closing seconds.
The Eagles were in this one for a little while.
The 3-point shooting of Fripp and Kessee cut a 20-point Husky lead to 42-36 in the first half. Fripp hit his first four attempts from 3-point range, and Kessee also had four 3-pointers in the half.
But the duo of Boatright and Brimah helped the Huskies end the half on a 9-3 run.
Brimah, who is 3 inches taller than anyone playing for Coppin State, had 18 of his points before intermission and Boatright had 13.
UConn shot 57 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Eagles 45-24.
Connecticut came into the game a bit banged up in the backcourt.
Boatright, still recovering from a left ankle sprain suffered in the final seconds of a Nov. 30 loss to Texas, suffered a bruised shin in practice this week during a collision with teammate Terrence Samuel.
Rodney Purvis played, but is still nursing a high-ankle sprain he suffered against West Virginia on Nov. 23.
Omar Calhoun has been cleared to play after suffering a knee injury in October, but he remained on the bench in street clothes.
Coppin State's only win this year came against Division II Goldey-Beacom College, a school in Wilmington, Delaware, with an enrollment of just under 1,200 students.
UConn: The last time the Huskies dropped four in a row was in January, 2012, during Jim Calhoun's final season as head coach. The Huskies were beaten by Cincinnati, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Georgetown before ending the skid in Hartford against Seton Hall.
Coppin State: The Eagles came in giving up an average of 89 points a game. The team has surrendered 100 points four times this season, in losses to Oregon, Illinois, Notre Dame and Hofstra.
UConn: The Huskies will meet No. 2 Duke Thursday on a neutral court, the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Coppin State: The Eagles have a week off before visiting Michigan on Dec. 22.