Adrien grabs fifth double-double of season for UConn

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut sophomores Jeff Adrien and A.J. Price showed off their new team to an old friend Wednesday night.

With former UConn point guard Marcus Williams, now of the New Jersey Nets, watching from behind the bench, Adrien scored a career-high 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and Price added 13 points and seven assists to lead Connecticut (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) to an 81-53 victory over Northeastern.

"It was just good to see him," Price said. "Well, maybe we wanted to play a little bit better to show him what we could do as a young team, but it was good to see him. I'm glad he showed up."

It was Adrien's fifth double-double this season for Connecticut (8-0), which won its 27th in a row at home.

It took a while for UConn, with its eight freshmen and five sophomores, to get it going.

Six minutes in, Northeastern (2-6) was up 10-9, its only lead of the game.

Connecticut then went on 12-0 run, capped when Jerome Dyson stole a pass, led the fast break and found Marcus Johnson with a lob pass for a dunk. Dyson finished with 11 points and Johnson had 10.

But Northeastern cut the gap to 23-18, and Connecticut led 35-24 at halftime.

Coach Jim Calhoun, who was suffering from a cold and skipped the post-game news conference, got his first technical foul of the season after arguing a goaltending call on Hasheem Thabeet four minutes into the game.

And after Northeastern's Bennet Davis scored 10 of his team-high 14 points before the break, Calhoun let his team have it in the locker room.

"Coach said the bigs had to finish up," Adrien said. "Coach, he's always a motivator. He's a great motivator and I got motivated to finish on the offensive end, and that's what I did."

The Huskies used a 21-3 run to stretch the lead to 68-39 with six minutes left. They would lead by as many as 32 in the second half, led by Adrien who scored 14 points after intermission.

UConn had 22 points off 16 Northeastern turnovers, and scored 18 fast-break points to none for Northeastern.

"They have quickness at every position," Northeastern coach Bill Coen said. "When you add into that equation the size and the length of their frontcourt, it makes it very, very difficult."

Davis, who fouled out late in the game, had nine rebounds and four blocked shots for Northeastern, while Matt Janning had 13 points and Adrian Martinez 12.

UConn is eight games into an 11-game homestand to open the season. The Huskies don't play on the road until Dec. 30, at West Virginia, the start of their Big East schedule.

After a seven-point victory over Quinnipiac in the season opener, Connecticut has blown out all seven opponents by an average of over 30 points.

"People have been talking about how we might be ready for stiffer competition and that might have hurt us in the beginning of the game," Price said.

Calhoun needs nine more wins to reach 750 for his career. He won 248 games during his 14 years at Northeastern and is 6-0 against his former team. The last time Northeastern beat Connecticut was in 1985, Calhoun's final season there.

Northeastern has not won a road game this season. The Huskies are 0-7 against ranked teams since 1996, losing by an average of 25.2 points.