Georgetown 70

(10-3, 1-3 Big East)

(1) Connecticut 94

(14-1, 2-0 Big East)

    7:30 PM ET, January 14, 2004

    Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Connecticut

    1 2 T
    GTWN 30 4070
    #1CONN 56 3894

    Okafor has 27 points, 11 boards, 5 blocks

    STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Georgetown was concerned about Connecticut center Emeka Okafor. The Hoyas should have paid more attention to Taliek Brown.

    It was too late by the time they realized it as the top-ranked Huskies were well on their way to a 94-70 victory and Brown finished with one of the best performances of his career.

    The senior point guard had 20 points, one shy of his career high, seven rebounds, seven assists and a career-high three blocks.

    "I'm just trying to come into the game every day hyped," Brown said. "We just tried to be real aggressive and push it down their throat when they try to press us."

    Despite being double-teamed, Okafor finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for the Huskies (14-1, 2-0 Big East), who extended their winning streak to 11 games. This is their longest regular-season streak since starting 19-0 in 1998-99, the program's national championship season.

    The Hoyas could do little against UConn's transition game. The Huskies scored 24 points off fast breaks, most of them directed by the speedy Brown.

    "They can beat you in an awful lot of different ways," Georgetown coach Craig Esherick said. "We made a decision going into the game to try to help off of Brown and Brown killed us. He knows how to take advantage of space if you give him space."

    The Huskies have won seven straight over the Hoyas (10-3, 1-3), who dropped their third straight this season. Ashanti Cook led Georgetown with 18 points, while Brandan Bowman and Gerald Riley each had 17. Bowman grabbed 11 rebounds in the first double-double against the Huskies this season.

    Okafor anchored a dominating inside game in picking up his 10th double-double of the season and 39th of his career. He missed his second triple-double by one blocked shot in the Huskies' win over Oklahoma (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) on Sunday. UConn outscored Georgetown 52-36 in the paint and finished with a 47-31 rebounding edge.

    UConn coach Jim Calhoun also high praise for Brown.

    "When he plays with that kind of energy, particularly in the second half when we needed a little energy boost, he was just brilliant," Calhoun said. "He was really special tonight."

    The Huskies got off to a choppy start. Okafor made a quick exit when he was called for a foul in the first 40 seconds. Calhoun, unhappy with the play of most of his starters, pulled all but Ben Gordon in the first 3 minutes and the Hoyas took an 11-10 lead.

    That all changed when Okafor and most of the starters returned with about 15 minutes to play.

    The Huskies got their fast break going off defensive rebounds and steals and went on a 15-0 run with five players scoring.

    "That group got us right back into the game," Calhoun said. "The idea that we share the ball so well has really made us into an awfully good basketball team."

    The Huskies shot 63 percent in taking a 56-30 halftime lead.

    The Hoyas opened the second half with an 11-2 run but would get no closer than 16 points the rest of the way. Brown helped the Huskies pull away, hitting three quick baskets in a 16-8 run and the Hoyas never recovered.

    "Taliek is the engine of this team," Okafor said. "He keeps everything going. He was just out there having fun."

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