The UConn Huskies and new head coach Kevin Ollie have raced out to a 40-33 lead over the No. 14 Michigan State Spartans in the season opener for both teams at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. The Huskies built a big advantage early as they were hitting nearly every shot they took in the first 10 minutes, but the game settled down and the Spartans pulled closer by halftime.
UConn opened the game with a 20-6 run, and eventually built the lead to 16 at 34-18 with 7:46 to play in the first half. MSU has chipped away since then as the Huskies have cooled down from the field.
Shabazz Napier led the way for UConn in the first 20 minutes, dropping in 14 points on 5-8 shooting.
The Spartans have stayed in the game with offensive rebounding. MSU is grabbing almost half of their own misses, and have limited the Huskies to less than 20 percent of theirs.