No. 4 UConn opens with 70-57 win over Columbia



STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Jeremy Lamb scored a career-high 30 points and No. 4 Connecticut began defense of its national championship with a 70-57 victory over Columbia on Friday night.

Shabazz Napier added 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Huskies (1-0), who led 37-20 at halftime.

Tyler Olander had eight rebounds for UConn, four in the game’s first five minutes when UConn used an 8-0 run to break a 5-5 tie. The Huskies never trailed.

Noruwa Agho, who led the Ivy League in scoring last season, had 16 points for Columbia (0-1).

The win extends the Huskies streak to 12 games, after the 11-0 run that gave UConn the NCAA title in April. The Huskies unveiled their national championship plaque before the game.