HARTFORD, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Rashad Anderson and No. 8 Connecticut had it going from the arc. Big East Conference rival Miami did not.
Anderson made 5-of-7 3-pointers and finished with 19 points for the Huskies, who went 9-of-15 from the arc en route to a 76-63 triumph over the Hurricanes, who lost their eighth straight game.
Emeka Okafor added 18 points and 15 rebounds for Connecticut (20-5, 8-3 Big East), which recorded its seventh straight 20-win season. The Huskies forced the Hurricanes (13-13, 3-9) to miss nine of their first 10 shots from the arc before making their final three down the stretch.
UConn, which had lost back-to-back games, saw a 17-point halftime lead whittled to 45-38 when freshman Guillermo Diaz made three free throws with 13:53 remaining. But Anderson countered with a 3-pointer and hit two more during an 11-2 run over the next 90 seconds, and the Huskies led by at least 10 points thereafter.
"Denham (Brown) passed on three threes and I said, 'That just can't happen,'" Huskies coach Jim Calhoun said. "That's why Rashad came in. It really was what Denham didn't do. So if you think it was some great coaching move ... I would like to take credit for that but I can't."
"Somebody needed to step up. We didn't have any scoring," Anderson said. "Coach told me to make something happen and that's what I did. Fortunately they gave me the ball in great position and I delivered."
Diaz scored 14 points and Armondo Surratt had 12 for Miami, which was missing leading scorer Darius Rice, who suffered a right foot injury in a loss to Syracuse on Saturday. Rice scored 43 points in a memorable victory over the Huskies last season.
"We cut it to seven and I thought we were in pretty good position," Miami coach Perry Clark said. "And then Anderson came in, he's from Florida, we recruited him, I've seen him and he started throwing in threes."
The Huskies held just a 10-9 edge before embarking on a 20-5 run, taking a 30-14 cushion on a layup by Anderson with 6:06 left in the half. UConn shot 64 percent in the first half (16-of-25) to take a 41-24 lead into the break.
UConn shot 55 percent overall (27-of-49) and held Miami to 41 percent (27-of-66). Okafor made 8-of-13 shots as he collected his nation-best 16th double-double of the season and the 45th of his career.
"It was a rough one today but we won," Okafor said. "They seemed to linger, we'd pull away, they'd come back. But they never quite got over that hump."
Huskies point guard Taliek Brown scored just seven points but had a career-high 13 assists and helped the team outscored the Hurricanes on the break, 21-10.
"I was just finding everybody early today," Taliek Brown said. "In the first half, I found some people early and that got me going a little. Then in the second half I just kept it up. I just had a lot of people hitting shots."