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 CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -Kemba Walker scored 23 points and Jeff Adrien added 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead No. 2 Connecticut to a hard-fought 89-81 victory over La Salle on Friday in the Paradise Jam.
The Huskies trailed in the early minutes, but were up 46-40 at halftime under the leadership of guard A.J. Price. They never trailed in the second half, leading by as many as 10 points.
Connecticut shot 54.7 percent from the field, scoring 40 of its points in the paint.
But the Explorers ran the Huskies ragged, scoring 12 points on fast breaks.
Rodney Green had a game-high 25 points for La Salle. Ruben Guillandeaux and Yves Mekongo Mbala each had 13 points.
13 and hit four.
The Huskies (3-0) will take on No. 17 Miami in the second round on Sunday. La Salle will play Southern Mississippi.
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