HARTFORD, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Ben Gordon scored 21 of his 27 points in the first half as top-ranked Connecticut coasted to a 111-64 pasting of intrastate foe Sacred Heart at the Hartford Civic Center.
Gordon was 4-of-4 from 3-point range in the first half, when Connecticut (3-0) shot over 71 percent (20-of-28) and took a 60-28 advantage into the locker room. The 6-3 junior guard made 10-of-13 shots in 26 minutes.
"We needed to try and put it together for a full 40 minutes on defense and offense as well," Gordon said. "That's something we haven't done the two games before this. I thought we did a pretty good job of it tonight."
Emeka Okafor had 23 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in 24 minutes for the Huskies, who took a break from the Preseason NIT. They resume tournament play Wednesday against Georgia Tech in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
"We had more talent than Sacred Heart; we were bigger, stronger," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said. "I think they're going to be better. I think they got caught up in our game."
Calhoun improved his career record to 650-296. He recorded his 400th win at UConn on Monday with a 70-60 triumph over Yale.
"Jeff Hathaway might have said it best, `To win 650 games you have to be, at least, pretty good, because otherwise you would be fired along the way trying to get there," Calhoun said, referring to UConn's former associate athletic director.
"I think that probably puts it into perspective. When you look at the list, all of those guys who are up in that 600-win category, heading toward 700 and that area, each one of them has done some pretty special things."
Only 14 coaches - three active - have won 100 games at the Division I level.
Denham Brown contributed 20 points and Rashad Anderson added 18 off the bench for Connecticut. Gordon, Brown and Anderson each sank four shots from the arc, where the Huskies were just over 57 percent (12-of-21).
"Once Ben's hitting, once Denham's hitting, everybody feeds off each other because they're going to have to stop this guy, then the next guy's open," Anderson said. "Then he's going to have to stop this guy, then the next guy's open. So we just all feed off each other.
"It's just real fun to be out there playing with other guys who can score, feeding off each other. It's just a wonderful thing."
Freshman Josh Boone blocked five shots and pulled down seven boards for the Huskies.
Omar Wellington and backcourt partner Maurice Bailey each scored 15 points to lead Sacred Heart (0-1), which has lost all three meetings with UConn since moving up to Division I for the 1999-00 season.
"They looked better than they did the last two games," Sacred Heart coach Dave Bike said of UConn. "There is no doubt that we asked a lot of our guys to play Connecticut the first game of the year."
The Huskies have won 84 straight games against non-Big East Conference teams from New England since a 49-48 loss to Hartford in December 1986. UConn is 95-17 all time at the Hartford Civic Center against non-conference foes.
Wellington and Bailey each shot 6-of-19. Sacred Heart's starting froncourt was even worse, going 2-of-11.