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Walker's triple-double guides UConn over UMBC

Hartford, CT (Sports Network) - Kemba Walker continued his sensational start to the season with his first career triple-double, and the No. 7 Connecticut Huskies routed UMBC, 94-61.

Walker finished with 24 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and 10 assists for the Huskies (7-0), who improved to 4-0 at home with the rout. Jeremy Lamb added 12 points and six rebounds in the win.

"That's kind of special to be one of eight (players to record a triple-double in school history," Walker said. "There are a lot of great players who could have accomplished that. I was fortunate enough to do it. It's definitely special."

Niels Giffey, Alex Oriakhi and Roscoe Smith each scored 11 for UConn.

Walker has come out of nowhere to emerge as the early favorite for Player of the Year honors, scoring 24 or more in all but one of the Huskies' games this season. He's topped 30 points four times, including a 42-point effort on November 17 against Vermont.

Travis King tallied 14 points to lead the Retrievers (0-7), who have lost five of their games on the road. Chris De La Rosa produced 13 points in a losing effort.

The Huskies never trailed and jumped out an early 11-2 lead after a Smith dunk nearly three minutes into the contest.

UMBC was within 21-18 following a Justin Fry layup with 10 1/2 minutes left in the first half, but UConn scored the next eight points, as a pair of Walker buckets expanded the difference to 11.

The Huskies led by as many as 13 in the first half before settling for a 44-32 halftime advantage.

"It was a tale of two halves," said UMBC head coach Randy Monroe. "I thought we did a pretty good job in the first half. Second half, I don't know, I think we got stuck on the Baltimore Washington Expressway somewhere."

Connecticut opened the second half on a 13-3 run -- getting five points from Walker, whose layup with just over 17 minutes left pushed the margin to 57-35.

Lamb's jumper with nine minutes to play made it a 30-point contest, 80-50, and UConn cruised the rest of the way.

Game Notes

Walker also tied a career-high in assists...This was the first meeting between the two schools in basketball...UConn shot 55.9 percent from the field, including 12-of-23 from three-point range, while UMBC shot 32.4 percent overall...Walker passed 1,000 career points.

12/03 23:03:09 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR