HARTFORD, Connecticut (Ticker) -- The teacher taught the pupil an expected lesson.
Ben Gordon scored 24 points and Tony Robertson added 19 as No. 6 Connecticut rolled to a 93-65 victory over Central Connecticut State for its 46th straight victory over an intrastate opponent.
The game was the first between Huskies coach Jim Calhoun and former assistant Howie Dickenman, who is in his seventh year with the Blue Devils. Dickenman spent 10 years as Calhoun's top assistant at Storrs before leaving for Central.
"I'm sure that Howie was disappointed by the fact that we put as many points on the board as we did," Calhoun said. "I understand his situation now and how difficult it is. They look like a banged up basketball team."
"I think that Jim Calhoun is kind," Dickenman said. "I think he had the opportunity to beat us by more and I'll always be appreciative of that."
Connecticut (8-0) built a 47-27 halftime lead behind 15 points from Emeka Okafor. The sophomore center finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his eighth straight double-double to start the season. Okafor also blocked eight shots for the third time this season.
"We had more size and strength in the paint. We tried to exploit their weaknesses," Okafor said. "They got it to me in the post, I did my thing, we kicked it out to the guards and they did their thing."
Taliek Brown converted a free throw and Gordon scored seven straight points to open the second half. Gordon's three-point play made it 55-27.
Central Connecticut (3-4) fell to 0-11 against Connecticut. It was the first meeting since 1986.
Brown, Gordon and Okafor all had hoops as Connecticut opened the game on an 8-2 run. Central hung tough and was within 15-10 on a basket by Ron Robinson with 12:41 left before halftime.
Robertson nailed a 3-pointer and Gordon dunked and drained one from beyond the arc to give the Huskies their first double-digit lead. Okafor scored six points in a 14-4 run to close the first half.
"It was a matter of time before our defense started to click," Gordon said. "We were real good defensively last year, and we just wanted to get back to that point. That is something we have been working on every day in practice to accomplish."
A 3-pointer by walk-on Chad Wise gave Connecticut its largest lead at 85-42 with under eight minutes remaining.
Brown, the Huskies point guard, handed out eight of the team's 24 assists.
Gordon made 9-of-13 shots and Robertson connected on 8-of-11 off the bench as Connecticut shot over 60 percent (38-of-63). Gordon nailed all three 3-pointers as the Huskies made 8-of-14.
"They can't leave us open," Robertson said. "And if they pressure us too much, then we can go buy them or a guy on the inside will post up and get open for position and dump the ball inside. So if they take away the 3-point shot, we have other options."
Jon Popofski scored 18 points and Ricardo Scott added 16 for the Blue Devils, who shot 31 percent (22-of-70). Central was hammered on the glass, 47-33.
"We have four frontcourt players, three on scholarship and one walk-on," Dickenman said. "The walk-on was our high scorer today so I'm going to have to re-evaluate our finances at Central Connecticut and maybe make some adjustments there."