STORRS, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun was so upset at his team for allowing a dunk off the opening tip that he called a timeout just nine seconds into its game with Florida International. Not much went wrong thereafter.
Rashad Anderson scored 17 points and Josh Boone added 14 and 11 rebounds as the sixth-ranked Huskies routed the Golden Panthers, 99-48.
UConn recorded 19 blocks, breaking by three the school record it set vs. Army last December 3. Hilton Armstrong recorded five blocks, Boone four and Charlie Villanueva and freshman Rudy Gay three apiece.
"I will leave a message on (former Huskies star Emeka Okafor's) phone that we have real shot-blockers here at UConn now that he's left," Calhoun said.
"Coach said to call Emeka and tell him, 'We don't need you anymore,'" Anderson said.
Just about the only thing that went wrong for the Huskies was that forward Denham Brown exited the contest midway through the first half after rolling his right ankle. He scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 3-of-4 from the arc, before landing on a defender's foot and suffering the injury.
The Huskies (2-0), who were meeting the Golden Panthers (3-2) for the first time, were returning from a one-week trip to England, where they went 3-1 against professional teams from the British Basketball League.
"The time in London was good because it let us play against grown men and pro teams, but in the end we are going to have to play against college teams," Boone said. "It is just a completely different style of game over there."
Ivan Almonte and Ismael N'Diaye scored 12 points apiece to pace Florida International, which shot just 28 percent (19-of-67).
The Golden Panthers, who were coming off a 63-61 triumph over Central Connecticut State, scored the first four points in this one before allowing UConn to go on a 45-14 run en route to taking a 55-23 lead into the break.
UConn shot 53 percent in the first half (21-of-40) and 47 percent overall (35-of-74). The Huskies connected on 9-of-19 shots from the arc and the Golden Panthers just 2-of-14.
With the game a rout early, Calhoun got to give lots of playing time to his reserves, and starting center Boone played just 21 minutes.
"Right now, as of today, as we head to December 1, our five-man rotation is a rotation," Calhoun said. "The only guy who will be constantly (playing) in the 20s and could even be in the 30s will be Josh Boone. There's a reason for that: Because he's the most stable and our best defender."