No. 1 UConn gets easy win over South Florida

No. 1 UConn gets easy win over South Florida

Published Feb. 22, 2009 8:46 a.m. ET

It wasn't a bounce-back blowout, but No. 1 Connecticut responded to its second loss of the season by grinding out its 13th win in 14 games.



When a journalist asked Jim Calhoun why an employee of a state university should make $1.6 million a year in these tough economic times, the UConn coach had an emphatic answer.

Hasheem Thabeet had 21 points and nine rebounds as the Huskies beat South Florida 64-50 on Saturday.

The 7-foot-3 junior blocked six shots and showed no ill effects from a hyperextended shoulder when he was flipped by Pittsburgh's DeJuan Blair in the Huskies' 76-68 loss on Monday.

A.J. Price had 11 points and Jeff Adrien had nine points and 15 rebounds for UConn (25-2, 13-2 Big East), which reached the 25-win mark for the 11th time in the last 20 years.

"It was one of those games where the ball wasn't falling in the hole offensively, but we still played good defense," Adrien said. "It shouldn't worry us. We just have to play better offensively and score some baskets."

Augustus Gilchrist had 15 points to lead South Florida (8-18, 3-11), while Dominique Jones added 14. The Bulls, who have never beaten UConn in seven tries, lost their fourth straight.