STORRS, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Ben Gordon scored 22 points and Taliek Brown added 16 as 14th-ranked Connecticut cruised to a 91-72 victory over Quinnipiac in the season opener for both teams.
Gordon began his sophomore season as the Huskies' starting shooting guard and shot 9-of-19 from the floor as he nearly matched his career high of 23 points established on February 9 against St. John's.
Brown, who drained a miraculous 3-pointer in double overtime to lift the Huskies to the Big East Conference title, had 12 points at halftime as Connecticut (1-0) held a 48-33 lead.
Gordon and Brown dictated the tempo all game as the Bobcats had trouble keeping up in the opener of their fifth season in Division I. Brown dished out 10 assists and shot 5-of-8.
"I tried to come out and be really energized," Brown said. "Once my team sees me energized - if that's the way I'm leading them, they are going to come out fired up.
Connecticut is still getting used to playing without Caron Butler, who is with the Miami Heat.
"I'm still getting into it because last year I was secondary," Gordon said. "You definitely have to have a different mind-set. You have to attack, have to have a killer instinct every moment on the court."
Sophomore center Emeka Okafor collected 16 and 12 rebounds as he had an easy time against the Bobcats, whose tallest starter was 6-9 forward C.J. Vick.
Playing as the lone big man in coach Jim Calhoun's three-guard offense, Okafor anchored a dominating post presence for the Huskies, who held a 58-12 advantage in the paint and outrebounded Quinnipiac, 45-37.
"I wouldn't call it a burden," Okafor said. "It's just my part. That's the role I'm going to play. Everybody's going to do their part on this team to help us win. If that's what I have to do, so be it."
UConn turned the game into a rout in the opening minutes of the second half with a 20-5 burst that opened up a 70-48 advantage with 12:03 left.
Tony Robertson scored six points during the run, converting a jumper, layup and a dunk. The Huskies made 12-of-15 shots in that span and forced five turnovers to pull away.
"I don't think we were as prepared as we should have been for tonight's game," Bobcats coach Joe DeSantis said. "But we didn't quit. It was a good thing for us because we were thrown right into the fire."
Robertson came off the bench and scored 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting in 22 minutes.
"I was pleased with about 25 minutes of play," Calhoun said. "I thought we ran the ball exceptionally well at time. You need to take every game seriously. You've got to take every moment that you're on the court seriously and you could see the guys that did. The older guys did and the younger guys have got to catch up."
Rob Monroe - the reigning Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year - paced the Bobcats (0-1) with 15 points.