HARTFORD, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Connecticut has buried its lone loss in a flurry of double-digit blowouts.
Ben Gordon recorded his first career triple-double with 17 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists and Denham Brown matched his career high with 22 points in the second-ranked Huskies' latest rout, a 104-54 victory over Iona at the Hartford Civic Center.
Connecticut (8-1) has won five straight games since a 77-61 loss to Georgia Tech in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT on November 26. The Huskies have won by an average of almost 30 points during the streak and all eight of their victories this season have been by double digits.
"We're pretty happy because over the last couple of games we've been getting better in certain aspects, like defense, our cohesiveness, and playing together as a team," said Gordon, who had five steals to go along with career-best rebounding and assist totals.
"(Gordon) was kind of greedy," said Huskies center Emeka Okafor, who had a triple-double on December 6 against Army. "He was trying to do everything. It's all right, I'll try to get him the next game."
The Huskies have had five triple-doubles in their history.
After missing the last game with back spasms, Okafor had 24 points - a season high - 10 rebounds, and six blocks. Freshman Charlie Villanueva and Rashad Anderson contributed 15 apiece.
"I felt all right. No pain," Okafor said. "No I'm just building the strength back up. It started to get kind of tired."
Greg Jenkins led Iona (2-5) with 14 points and nine rebounds. Jenkins was a teammate of Gordon at Mt. Vernon High School and are best friends off the court.
"That's part of the reason we are up here, was because of (Jenkins) relationship with Ben, and to play a (top ranked) team, get some experience that would help us in the league," Gaels coach Jeff Ruland said. "I thought Jenkins played real well in the first half, didn't make anything happen in the second, but he competes. We need more guys like him."
Ruland's team was beaten in all the statistical categories by the Huskies, who scored 31 points off Iona's 23 turnovers, outscored the Gaels on the fast break, 23-6, and outshot them from the field 51 percent-30 percent. Connecticut also drained 14-of-28 attempts from 3-point range while holding a 53-43 rebounding edge.
"I thought we really just beat them up defensively and really discouraged them a great deal because they couldn't get good shots off," Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said. "Every time they tried to spin to the middle, we had people there waiting for them."
Connecticut led only 12-10 five minutes into the first half but broke it open with an 11-0 run, capped by Brown's 3-pointer with 8:31 before intermission. The Huskies were never threatened thereafter.