Jeff Adrien scored 21 points, Hasheem Thabeet had 20 and second-ranked Connecticut remained unbeaten by dominating down low against undersized Fairfield in a 75-55 victory last night in Hartford, Conn.
Adrien also grabbed 14 rebounds, while Thabeet added 11 rebounds and six blocks for the Huskies (11-0), who have won 64 consecutive games against in-state opponents. Their last loss to a Connecticut team came against Hartford in 1986, Jim Calhoun's first season as coach.
Calhoun was concerned his team might have a letdown in this one after rallying for an overtime victory against Gonzaga last Saturday. He also worried that his players might look ahead to Monday's Big East opener against Georgetown.
But the Huskies, led by Thabeet, their 7-foot-3 center, shot 50 percent from the field and cruised.
Greg Nero scored 16 points to lead the Stags (8-4), who had won seven straight.