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Gordon, Anderson combine for 30 points in first half

1/29/2004

BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Ticker) -- Ben Gordon dominated the
first 10 minutes and Rashad Anderson took over the next 10,
making the second half a formality.

Gordon and Anderson combined for 30 points in the first half and
were unstoppable from 3-point range as
Connecticut rolled to a 96-60 rout of Virginia Tech in a Big
East Conference mismatch.

The Huskies jumped out to an early lead behind Gordon, who
scored 11 points in the opening 11 minutes. He buried
back-to-back 3-pointers to give Connecticut a 22-11 cushion
10:59 into the game.

Gordon managed only one basket for the remainder of the half,
but Anderson scored 13 points in the final five minutes. He made
three 3-pointers in the last 3:21 to help the Huskies to a
44-27 halftime advantage.

Anderson had 16 of his 26 points in the first half and Gordon
added 14 of his 22. The duo combined to make 10-of-14 3-pointers
as Connecticut (16-3, 4-1 Big East) went 13-of-22 from the arc.

Bryant Matthews scored 25 points but was the only player in
double figures for Virginia Tech (8-8, 1-4), which has lost four
straight games and six of seven.