Armed Forces Classic: Connecticut opens Kevin Ollie era with win over No. 14 MSU

Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

The Huskies upset the No. 14 Spartans, giving coach Kevin Ollie a victory in his first game at the UConn helm.

The Kevin Ollie era in Storrs started off with a bang on Friday night when the Connecticut Huskies defeated the Michigan St. Spartans 66-62 at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. The Huskies were led in scoring by Shabazz Napier, who put up 25 points on 8-of-17 shooting.

The Huskies streaked out to an early lead and went into the half up 40-33. They hung onto the lead in the second half thanks to stellar defense that they carried over from the opening period. On the night, the Spartans shot just 37 percent from the field and 4-of-17 from three point range.

Michigan State had three scorers in double-digits: Keith Appling with 17, Branden Dawson with 15 and Gary Harris with 11. But after that, no other player scored more than six points, and Aplling and Harris shot a combined 11-32 from the field.

For Ollie, it was a marquee win in his first game as head coach of Connecticut after taking over from the legendary Jim Calhoun.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.