Storrs, CT (Sports Network) - Stanley Robinson scored 18 points, going 8-of-8 from the field, and Kemba Walker added 16 points, as 12th-ranked Connecticut pulled away in the second half for a 77-63 win over Colgate in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Gavin Edwards tallied 14 points, Jamal Coombs-McDaniel 11 and Jerome Dyson 10 for the Huskies (2-0), who will play Hofstra in the second round Tuesday. The Pride beat Yale, 68-63, Monday night.
Mike Venezia scored 17 for the Raiders (0-1), who also received 12 apiece from Kyle Roemer and Yaw Gyawu.
The Huskies led by nine early, but Colgate charged back and gained a 26-22 edge thanks to nine consecutive points, capped by Roemer's three-ball.
The Huskies rallied with a 9-3 run to end the half, capping it with Edwards' slam in the final minute for a 33-32 lead.
UConn blew it open by using a 16-3 spurt in the second half. Robinson's jumper started the rally and Dyson's layup ended it for a 60-41 difference with 10 1/2 minutes left.
"We didn't play well defensively (in the first half). I think they made some pretty tough shots," admitted Walker. "We kind of adjusted at halftime. It made it easier for us."
The Huskies shot 55.2 percent from the field...This is the North Regional of the NIT Season Tip-Off. It's the third appearance in the event for the Huskies, who finished in third place on each of the two previous occasions.
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