HARTFORD, Connecticut (Ticker) -- Josh Boone and Charlie Villanueva had little difficulty controlling the inside.
Boone and Villanueva scored 20 points apiece as 11th-ranked Connecticut coasted to an 87-59 victory over intrastate rival Central Connecticut State.
The Huskies controlled the game on the inside, outscoring the Blue Devils 54-10 in the paint. On the outside, Rashad Anderson dropped four 3-pointers en route to 16 points. He connected on three in the first two minutes of the second half as the Huskies went on an 11-0 run to open a 58-32 lead with 17:41 left.
"Our first goal tonight was to get the ball inside," Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said. "But we've talked before about trying to get Rashad off shooting. And those three shots in that span of time takes a 16 or 17 point game and all the sudden it's 25, and it's a long way home for the opponent."
"With games like this you can lose focus easily," Villanueva said. "We just tried to pound it inside. Marcus distributed the ball well and Rashad shot the ball well. It was a solid game for us."
Villanueva has struggled mightily in his sophomore season, reaching double figures just once in his first six games.
"He was very good in the post," Calhoun said. "He passed the ball well. He rebounded well. And, quite frankly, he played better defense. I thought that was his most complete game because he allowed himself to stay in the game defensively."
Highly touted freshman Rudy Gay made his first start for the Huskies (7-1), scoring 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting.
Sophomore Marcus Williams benefited from the Huskies' 56 percent (38-of-68) shooting by dishing out a school record 16 assists - breaking the old mark of 14 by Kevin Ollie in 1995.
"I wasn't paying attention," Williams said. "I think at halftime I had 11 and I thought I had like five or six."
"I just told him to look for me, just try to get me the ball in a certain position and he did that," Villanueva said.
DeMario Anderson scored 23 and Javier Mojica added 13 for Central Connecticut (2-5).
The meeting was the second between Calhoun and his former assistant, Howie Dickenman. Dickenman left the Huskies nine years ago to take over the Blue Devils program.
"It slipped away from us, and when you are playing a team like the University of Connecticut it can slip away in a hurry and that's what happened," Dickenman said. "We walk out of here a better basketball team. I was happy to see that Jim had to run on the court there one time to, that made me feel good, because that means that we got him upset at least once tonight."
UConn improved to 12-0 all-time against Central Connecticut.