Top-ranked UConn routs Nevada, 93-79

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 20, 2003


- Ben Gordon scored a career-high 37 points and Emeka Okafor grabbed 14 rebounds to lead No. 1 Connecticut to a 93-79 victory over Nevada Wednesday night.

The win moved the Huskies (2-0) into the semifinals of the Preseason NIT. They'll play the winner of Thursday's Georgia Tech-Hofstra second-round game. The semifinals are at Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 26.

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Denham Brown had a career-high 22 points for Connecticut.

Gordon was 12-of-20 from the field and hit all four of his 3-point attempts, rescuing the Huskies time and again from the stubborn Wolf Pack (1-1).

With Gordon sitting after picking up his third foul, Nevada cut a 15-point deficit to nine with three minutes to play. The junior returned and hit a 3-pointer, giving the Huskies all the breathing room they would need.

Brown converted a three-point play on the Huskies' next possession to cap the scoring.