HARTFORD, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Add Connecticut to the list of teams that is glad that former St. Bonaventure guard J.R. Bremer is on the Boston Celtics.
Ben Gordon scored 25 points as the fifth-ranked Huskies avenged its worst loss of last season with a 95-78 victory over St. Bonaventure at the Hartford Civic Center.
Last season, Bremer poured in 33 points on 11-of-19 shooting for St. Bonaventure in an 88-70 victory over the Huskies on December 28, 2001. Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun, perhaps defending his team, claimed afterward that the local media did not understand how good Bremer was.
"I have more respect for a team like St. Bonaventure, coming here and saying, basically 'The (heck) with you. We beat your butt last year and we don't mind going after you,'" Calhoun said. "I kind of like that."
"I know for the guys who were returning from last year it was definitely about getting a payback," Gordon said. "They came in and embarrassed us last year. We weren't ready to play, and we just didn't want that to happen again."
UConn is one of just four unbeaten teams left in Division I; the others are Atlantic Coast Conference schools Duke, Wake Forest and Clemson. The Huskies have won all eight home games by double digits.
St. Bonaventure (5-7) has struggled without its leading scorer from a year ago but was within 56-51 after Cortez Sutton's 3-pointer early in the second half. Connecticut responded with 15 straight points as Gordon had seven and Emeka Okafor added a pair of baskets.
Connecticut (9-0) concluded a stretch in which it played eight of its first nine games at home. The Huskies take to the road for just the second time next Tuesday when it faces No. 11 Oklahoma.
"We're looking forward to it," Gordon said. "Come Tuesday we want to make up for last year."
The Bonnies got off to a hot start, building a 16-6 lead on Joe Shepherd's jumper less than four minutes into the game. Huskies freshman Rashad Anderson had eight points and Tony Robertson drilled a 3-pointer in a 14-4 spurt that gave Connecticut a 24-22 lead. The lead was 52-42 at halftime as Gordon scored 12 points. Gordon is averaging 26 points over his last six games.
Okafor collected 18 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks for Connecticut, which shot 51 percent (35-of-69) from the field. Anderson netted 13 points and fellow freshman Denham Brown had 12.
"Okafor is the most dominant defensive big man in the country," Bonnies coach Jan van Breda Kolff said. "Okafor is improving every day as a scorer. Defensive rebounding and blocking shot - there is no one better in the country. He clogs that lane up. He is a guy that is a tough one to deal with and we won't see another one like him."
Gordon drained four 3-pointers and Anderson and Brown added three each as UConn shot 60 percent (12-of-20) from the arc. The Huskies drained 8-of-13 in the first half.
"It doesn't matter, I just come in and score," Anderson said. "It doesn't matter who is playing, I feel that I can do this against anybody."
The Huskies also turned up their intensity on the defensive end in the second half, limiting the Bonnies to 32 percent (13-of-41). St. Bonaventure was 9-of-30 from the arc.
Marques Green, who was coming off a career-high 35-point performance, led St. Bonaventure with 18 points and 12 assists. Patricio Prato and Mike Gansey each added 13 points.