HARTFORD, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Jim Calhoun called a timeout nine seconds into Tuesday's game against Florida International. He needed two in the first 4:24 of the second half to get his club's attention Saturday.
After being limited to one shot in the first half against a smaller and foul-ladened front line, Josh Boone helped spark a big second-half run as No. 6 Connecticut overcame a lackluster 25 minutes to defeat Indiana, 74-69.
Calhoun called a timeout 2:24 into the second half after Indiana extended a 38-33 halftime lead to 45-38 on Marshall Strickland's jump shot and used another two minutes later after the Hoosiers opened up a 49-38 advantage. Still, it took a few minutes for the Huskies to kick it into gear.
The Hoosiers opened up a 54-41 lead before the Huskies went on a 22-3 run to take a 62-57 lead they would not surrender. Boone had two free throws, two dunks and a layup during the run.
"It was great, it really let us back in the game," Boone said about the spurt that gave Connecticut the lead. "It just shows how defense has an effect on the game.
"We needed a game like this. We knew coming in that it was going to be a test, we didn't know apparently how much of a test it was going to be...It proved that we have to be a team that plays 40 minutes. Today we probably played a total of 15-16 minutes real hard, other than that we didn't play too well tonight."
Indiana, with no inside presence, had to rely on outside shooting and went cold in the second half. The Hoosiers also missed four crucial free throws when they got to within 62-59 with 4:12 left.
"It was crazy to come back from a deficit like that," Rudy Gay said. "He (Calhoun) just said 'defense, defense, defense.' Coach's pride is defense, so we just went out there and tried to stop them. I think we had a stretch where we stopped them 11 straight times."
The Huskies limited the Hoosiers to 28 percent (10-of-36) shooting in the second half and 32 percent (23-of-71) for the game.
Rashad Anderson scored 17, Boone added 12 and star freshman Gay had 11 points and 10 rebounds, including two thunderous follow-up dunks, for Connecticut (3-0), which struggled on offense with 15 turnovers and 43.5 percent shooting.
"This was our first game against a team that really played defense and had a good scorer," Gay said. "They had some guys who played from the one to the five and that was crazy for Josh (Boone) and Charlie (Villanueva) to guard."
After starting the first half 3-of-20 from the field, Indiana finished the half 9-of-15 and committed just three turnovers to take a five-point advantage into the locker room. Junior guard Bracey Wright scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shots in the half and finished with 28 points, but managed just one basket in the last 15 minutes.
Marshall Strickland added 10 for Indiana (2-2), which came into the game struggling on offense and shooting just 37 percent. Center Patrick Ewing, Jr. and forward D.J. White both fouled out and scored a combined three points for the Hoosiers, who dropped a tough, 70-63, decision to North Carolina on Wednesday.