Connecticut got bigger yesterday with the addition of 6-11 freshman Ater Majok, but it wasn't immediately clear if the Huskies have gotten better.
Stanley Robinson scored 26 points and No. 14 UConn (7-2) came from behind to beat Central Florida 60-51 at Hartford, Conn. Robinson scored 23 points in the second half.
Majok, a heralded forward with a 7-7 wingspan, had a less than auspicious debut, scoring a single point and grabbing 3 rebounds. The former refugee from Sudan had not been eligible until the end of the fall semester.
"I'm not going to put the game behind me," he said. "The game is going to be a learning experience. It's always going to be there."
Freshman guard Marcus Jordan, the son of Michael Jordan, led Central Florida (7-4) with a season-high 13 points.
Majok received an ovation when he made a free throw with just over 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half. He left the game for good late in the second half after coah Jim Calhoun used an expletive and told him to sit down.
After the game, Calhoun said a new multiyear contract with the school is "right on the horizon," but no deal had been reached, denying a report by ESPN.com, which said he had agreed to a 5-year contract extension.
In other games:
* At New York, D.J. Kennedy scored 10 of his 19 points in St. John's game-closing 18-1 run and the Red Storm (9-1) snapped a four-game losing streak to Hofstra with a 72-60 victory in a semifinal game of the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden. In the other semi, Ryan Wittman capped a season-high 29-point performance by hitting a long three-pointer at the overtime buzzer and Cornell (8-2) beat Davidson 91-88. St. John's and the Big Red will play for the championship tonight.
* At Georgia Tech, Ryan Reid scored 17 points and Chris Singleton hit the go-ahead basket with 1:05 left in overtime to help Florida State (10-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat No. 22 Georgia Tech (8-2, 0-1), 66-59.