STORRS, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Emeka Okafor nearly recorded a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks as top-ranked Connecticut handed No. 7 Oklahoma its first loss of the season, 86-59.
Denham Brown added 14 points as Connecticut (13-1) won its 10th straight game and improved to 10-0 at home. The Huskies also kicked off a stretch in which they will face ranked opponents in three of four games on a positive note, taking an early lead and cruising in the second half.
"This season, there have been moments and minutes where we have shown not our best side. Tonight we showed our best side," Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said. "Our kids put forward a focused effort. I thought it was one of the smartest games we've played."
Drew Lavender had 22 points and Jason Detrick added 16 for Oklahoma (10-1), which had been one of only nine unbeaten teams in Division I.
"I'm disappointed," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said. "They are good. They may be as good as anyone we've played in 10 years, too. We played Maryland the year they won it, and our league has been so good the last few years."
Okafor had a triple-double against Army on December 6 and has 38 career double-doubles. He was 10-of-14 from the field.
"Okafor is the star but doesn't play like it," Sampson said. "He plays every game like it is his last game ... and I respect that. He plays really hard."
Connecticut trailed early, but a 10-0 run turned a 7-5 deficit into an eight-point lead with 13:11 left in the first half.
Jaison Williams had a 3-pointer for Oklahoma moments later, but the Huskies turned the game into a rout by scoring 19 of the next 21 points.
The lead was 39-20 at halftime as Connecticut made 16-of-33 shots from the field (48.5 percent) and held Oklahoma to 23 percent (8-of-35).
"We just wanted to jump on them as quickly as possible and never get off," Okafor said. "We went out there fired up and played our hardest."
The Huskies opened the second half with a 12-6 run and led by as many as 40 points down the stretch.
The Sooners shot 27 percent (20-of-73) from the field.
"It's far and away the best defense we've played," Calhoun said. "That's as close to a 40-minute performance, and as good, at this point in the season as we can play. There are signs tonight and there are things tonight that excited us and made us feel really good about our basketball team."
"Today was like the best we have ever played defense," Huskies guard Taliek Brown added. "We played it the whole game, 40 minutes. It was just working, working, working and we never gave up. We just kept the pressure on. We had to prove something to ourselves."