HARTFORD, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Tony Robertson made his final game at the Hartford Civic Center a memorable one.
Robertson scored a career-high 24 points as 24th-ranked Connecticut pulled away for a 87-70 Big East Conference victory over Rutgers.
A 6-2 senior guard, Robertson scored 15 of his points after halftime, helping the Huskies methodically take control of the contest. Robertson's previous high was 22 points against Providence, set last season.
"I know the end is coming, but I'm just trying to play every game hard until it is over," Robertson said.
Robertson made all 13 of his free throws, where the Huskies went 25-of-26.
"Tony was terrific about, again putting pressure on people and taking it at people," Connecticut interim coach George Blaney said. "He was getting fouled a number of times and to go the line and make 13 out of 13, that's really good offense."
Ben Gordon - Robertson's backcourt mate - added 20 points for the Huskies (16-6, 7-4 East), who completed a 9-0 campaign at Hartford while pulling within one-half game of first-place Villanova in the East division.
Herve Lamizana netted 20 points to lead Rutgers (11-12, 3-8 West), which fell into a sixth-place tie with Georgetown in the West division. The Scarlet Knights must finish in the top six to qualify for the Big East tournament.
Holding a 41-35 lead at the break, the Huskies started the second half on an 8-2 run. Freshman Denham Brown hit a jumper, Robertson and had a three-point play and Brown a 3-pointer from the top of the key, giving the Huskies their first double-digit lead of the contest.
Brown, who scored 15 points, drilled a 3-pointer and Gordon converted a layup to give Connecticut a 63-47 lead with 14:35 remaining. Brown went 6-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
"I was just trying to look for my shots out there," Brown said. "Sometimes it doesn't drop, but sometimes like tonight I got a little confidence at the 3-point line and I just started shooting it more."
Gordon also was on target from beyond the arc, where he went 4-of-6. As a team, the Huskies were 8-of-13 from 3-point range.
Jerome Coleman, the Scarlet Knights' leading scorer at 17.6 points per game, was off target all night. He finished with just eight points and went 2-of-11 from the field.
Lamizana, who was playing with a slightly sprained right ankle, proved to be the best offensive option for the Scarlet Knights, who shot 41 percent (26-of-64). The junior forward scored 10 points in the opening half to keep his team in it before the Huskies took control.
"That was a tough game down in that second half," Rutgers coach Gary Waters said. "I thought our kids played hard in the first half, but you've got to make shots in college basketball. You really do. I'm looking at everyone's star player, their go-to player, and they hit shots. We have to hit shots."
Robertson scored four points around a thunderous dunk by Emeka Okafor to give the Huskies a 78-58 advantage with 7 1/2 minutes left. Connecticut led by as many as 22 points.
Rutgers was playing at the Hartford Civic Center for the first time since losing to St. John's in the NCAA Tournament in 1983.