By PAT EATON-ROBB
STORRS, Conn. — Niels Giffey had a career-high 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help No. 21 Connecticut rally for a 73-62 victory over Stony Brook on Sunday.
Shabazz Napier had 15 of his 19 points in the second half for UConn (5-1), and Omar Calhoun added 14.
Dave Coley led Stony Brook (4-2) with 15 points and Tommy Brenton added 14.
The game was tied at 39 when Connecticut found its stroke from outside, making its final eight attempts from behind the arc. A four-point play by Napier put UConn up 61-47 with just over 4 minutes left and sealed the win.
The Huskies finished 10 of 22 from behind the arc.
Connecticut trailed 33-26 early in the second half after a 10-0 Stony Brook run that overlapped with halftime.
The Huskies chipped away at the deficit, tying it at 39 with 11:40 to play on a jumper by DeAndre Daniels.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Napier and Giffey put UConn up 45-39. That started the run of consecutive makes from behind the arc by the Huskies.
Stony Brook made just five of their 18 3-point attempts.
Coley opened the game with a 3-pointer and the Seawolves jumped out to an early 10-2 lead.
The Huskies missed 11 of their first 12 shots from the field and trailed 14-8 midway through the first half. Napier, their leading scorer, didn’t take a shot until almost 13 minutes into the game, when his layup cut the deficit to 15-14.
Ryan Boatright made a tying 3 a minute later and Daniels’ putback gave the Huskies their first lead at 19-17.
Stony Brook carried a 31-26 lead into the break.
No. 1 Stanford 77
Long Beach State 41
STANFORD, Calif. — Chiney Ogwumike had 16 points and 11 rebounds and No. 1 Stanford beat Long Beach State 77-41 on Sunday in its first game holding the top spot in the poll in nearly eight years.
Joslyn Tinkle added 18 points and seven rebounds and Amber Orrange scored Stanford’s first seven points of the game and finished with 13 for the Cardinal (6-0), who extended the nation’s best home winning streak to 81 games at Maples Pavilion.
Orrange also had nine assists — two shy of her career best — and grabbed seven rebounds, regularly looking to find Ogwumike in the paint. Ogwumike powered to the basket on the block to draw quick fouls on the 49ers posts.
Alex Sanchez scored 14 points but was her team’s lone player in double figures as cold-shooting Long Beach State (3-4) lost its sixth in a row to the Cardinal in the series. Sanchez, who came in averaging a team-leading 14.4 points per game, shot 5 for 12.
Ogwumike crashed the offensive glass for five offensive boards as the Cardinal held a 43-32 rebounding advantage. Taylor Greenfield came off the bench for 11 points with three 3-pointers.
Stanford made 6 of its first 8 3s, two each by Tinkle and Bonnie Samuelson — and both of Samuelson’s 3s came during a 21-2 run that broke the game open midway through the first half and put the Cardinal ahead 36-11. They wound up 10 for 24 from long range.
The 49ers rallied from 22 points down in the second half of a 77-69 win against Utah Valley on Friday night, but were overmatched from the opening tip against the aggressive, up-tempo Cardinal.
Long Beach State faced a ranked opponent for the first time since a 51-46 upset of Southern California on Nov. 23, 2005.
Stanford’s defense held Long Beach State to 18 total field goals in the first meeting between the schools in 19 years — since a 122-49 victory on Dec. 8, 1993, that set the Cardinal’s single-game scoring record that still stands.
The Cardinal took over the top spot in The Associated Press poll Monday from Baylor after ending the Lady Bears’ 42-game winning streak in the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Nov. 16 in Honolulu.
Stanford narrowly edged Connecticut for the No. 1 spot in this past week’s poll, and the Huskies will visit Maples on Dec. 29.
AP Men’s Top 25
1. Indiana (6-0) beat Ball State 101-53. Next: vs. No. 9 North Carolina, Tuesday.
2. Louisville (5-1) did not play. Next: vs. Illinois State, Saturday.
3. Ohio State (4-0) did not play. Next: at No. 5 Duke, Wednesday.
4. Michigan (5-0) did not play. Next: vs. No. 16 N.C. State, Tuesday.
5. Duke (6-0) did not play. Next: vs. No. 3 Ohio State, Wednesday.
6. Syracuse (4-0) beat Colgate 87-51. Next: at Arkansas, Friday.
7. Florida (5-0) did not play. Next: vs. Marquette, Thursday.
8. Kentucky (4-1) did not play. Next: at Notre Dame, Thursday.
9. North Carolina (5-1) did not play. Next: at No. 1 Indiana, Tuesday.
10. Arizona (3-0) did not play. Next: vs. Northern Arizona, Wednesday.
11. UCLA (4-1) vs. Cal Poly. Next: vs. Cal State Northridge, Wednesday.
12. Kansas (4-1) did not play. Next: vs. San Jose State, Monday.
13. Missouri (5-1) did not play. Next: vs. Appalachian State, Saturday.
14. Creighton (6-0) did not play. Next: vs. Boise State, Wednesday.
15. Michigan State (5-1) beat Louisiana-Lafayette 63-60. Next: at Miami, Wednesday.
16. N.C. State (4-1) did not play. Next: at No. 4 Michigan, Tuesday.
17. Gonzaga (6-0) beat Davidson 81-67. Next: vs. Lewis-Clark State, Thursday.
18. UNLV (3-1) did not play. Next: vs. UC Irvine, Wednesday.
19. Memphis (3-2) did not play. Next: vs. Tennessee-Martin, Thursday.
20. Oklahoma State (5-0) beat Portland State 81-58. Next: at Virginia Tech, Saturday.
21. UConn (5-1) beat Stony Brook 73-62. Next: vs. New Hampshire, Thursday.
22. Cincinnati (6-0) did not play. Next: vs. Alabama, Saturday.
23. Colorado (4-0) vs. Air Force. Next: vs. Texas Southern, Tuesday.
24. Baylor (4-2) did not play. Next: at No. 8 Kentucky, Saturday.
25. San Diego State (3-1) at Southern Cal. Next: vs. No. 11 UCLA, Saturday.