STORRS, Connecticut (Ticker) -- No. 12 Connecticut opened a season-long seven-game homestand by barely breaking a sweat.
Ben Gordon scored 17 of his career-high 31 points in the first half and also handed out 10 assists as the Huskies coasted to a 116-78 victory against overmatched Sacred Heart.
Gordon was 8-of-13 from the field, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, and made all 11 of his foul shots.
He rebounded from a poor outing in Sunday's 76-70 victory at Vanderbilt, when he scored just four points on 2-of-10 shooting.
"I was frustrated during the (Vanderbilt) game," Gordon said. "Throughout the whole game I realized, 'Boy, I'm really going to get mad about this' because I really wasn't playing well. After the game I got kind of got over it pretty quick."
"I was not surprised (Gordon bounced back)," UConn center Emeka Okafor said. "It was just Ben being Ben."
Also not surprised was Sacred Heart coach Dave Bike, who had an inkling of what his team was in store for even before the contest got under way.
"We (coaching staff) took a poll before the game," Bike said. "We predicted Gordon was going to get a bunch of points today."
Gordon said he learned a lesson from watching the tape of the Vanderbilt game earlier Tuesday.
"We went over the Vanderbilt game," he said. "I wasn't playing hard. From the tape, it looked like I was out there by myself. I was just jogging up and down. I wasn't cutting hard. This is just something I am going to have to key on."
Gordon got plenty of help as Okafor chipped in with 19 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks for the Huskies, his fourth consecutive double-double.
Connecticut (4-0) posted its 80th straight win over non-Big East New England foes and has won 50 in a row against state schools, dating to a 49-48 loss to Hartford on December 12, 1986 in Jim Calhoun's first season as coach.
"We just tried to go in and take care of business," Okafor said.
The Huskies took control from the outset, scoring the game's first 13 points. Connecticut raced to a 59-34 lead at the intermission and continued to pour it on in the second half. All 16 players on the Huskies saw action.
Okafor recorded nine points and nine rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. Connecticut scored 34 of its 59 points in the first half in the paint. It was highest first-half total for the Huskies since they had 63 against Wagner on November 27, 1998.
Scott Hazelton and freshman Denham Brown also reached double figures for Connecticut with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Point guard Taliek Brown handed out 10 assists, marking the first time in school history two players reached double figures in that category in the same game.
Connecticut shot 50 percent (42-of-84) from the field while dishing out 34 assists and committing just 10 turnovers.
"We tried to work on our defense, but we still let them score too many points," Taliek Brown said. "We really needed a win like this, a good blowout win."
Chris Assel scored 15 points off the bench to lead five players in double figures for Sacred Heart, which dropped to 0-4. The Pioneers shut just 37 percent from the field (30-of-81) and went nearly five minutes before scoring their first points.
"We're constantly trying to learn from UConn, the way they play, the style, the performance, the guts and everything else," Bike said. "I can't say there's anything astounding here. They're in a different class than us. We appreciate the opportunity to be here and hopefully we can get something positive from it."