Connecticut's Kentan Facey shoots as Tulane's Ryan Smith, left, defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Hartford, Conn. UConn won 60-42. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Jessica Hill
January 19, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut has played nine straight games without 7-foot center Amida Brimah because of his broken finger, but that has not stopped its defense.

Shonn Miller scored 18 points and Connecticut rolled to a 60-42 victory over Tulane on Tuesday night.

It was the fewest points the Huskies (13-5, 4-2 American) have given up since beating Sacred Heart 92-49 on Dec. 2. They held Tulane (8-12, 1-6) to 14-of-54 shooting for 26 percent from the field, and forced 16 turnovers.

The defense was outstanding again,'' Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie said. ''I really appreciate our guys coming out with defensive focus. We just have to keep moving the basketball, and hopefully, turn around our shooting percentage.''

Miller shot 7 of 16 from the floor. Omar Calhoun added 12 points for the Huskies, who have won eight of their last ten games. ''We just wanted to play tough, play together and play with a lot of energy,'' said Miller, who has scored in double figures in 13 straight games.

Louis Dabney scored 15 points to lead Tulane (8-12, 1-6), which has lost six of its last seven.

Miller scored 12 points in the first half on 5-of-8 shooting to help the Huskies build their largest lead, 28-9 with 6:25 left in the first half, and they led 32-18 at halftime. Tulane shot 2 of 15 from the floor during the Huskies' run, and missed eight straight shots before Malik Morgan's jumper made it 13-7 at the 12-minute mark.

The Green Wave, which shot 18.8 percent (6 of 32) in the first half, made just four free throws in the final 4:00 before the break. Dylan Osetkowski was the only Tulane player to make more than one field goal in the half, scoring seven points on 2-of-7 shooting, but he didn't score in the second half.

''Obviously we had a tough night shooting the ball,'' Tulane coach Ed Conroy said. ''I was really disappointed in our approach early. I thought we settled for too many 3-pointers. I think out of our first 22 shots we took ten 3s and then we were careless with the ball.''

The Green Wave shot 24 percent, 5 of 21, from 3-point range.

Dabney did make back-to-back 3-pointers to cut Connecticut's lead to 36-28. Dabney added two jumpers, and Blake Paul made a pair of free throws to pull Tulane to 43-36 with 9:48 left.

''I thought when we started the second half our intent was way better, and that's why got back into it a little bit,'' Conroy said.

The Huskies used a 15-0 run to push their lead to 58-36 with 2:18 to play. The Green Wave missed eight shots and had four turnovers during the stretch.

Connecticut made just 19 of 35 shots from the field for 36 percent, and scored its fewest points since losing to Temple, 55-53 on Jan. 5.

''We came back and had one day to prepare and our defensive effort was great,'' said Ollie, who had the Huskies playing their third game in six days. ''We like our defense and we hang our hat on our defense.''

TIP-INS

Tulane: The Green Wave have scored 45 or fewer points in three of their last four losses. ... Dabney shot 6 of 16 from the floor, and no other Tulane player made more than two field goals ... Melvin Frazier scored six points, Malik Morgan, Blake Paul, and Cameron Reynolds added four points apiece.

Connecticut: The Huskies dominated in the paint, 22-12, but finished with just a slight edge on the glass, 39-38. ... Miller and Kentan Facey matched a game-high with seven boards. Facey finished with eight points, and Daniel Hamilton added six rebounds and chipped in seven points. ... The Huskies are 7-2 without Amida Brimah, who is expected to return next month.

UP NEXT

Tulane visits Cincinnati on Sunday.

Connecticut hosts Georgetown on Saturday.

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