ORLANDO, Fla. – Ryan Boatright had 19 points, Daniel Hamilton added 15, and No. 17 Connecticut held off College of Charleston 65-57 in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Thursday.
Amida Brimah added 14 points for the Huskies (2-0), despite struggling down the stretch with foul trouble.
Charleston (1-2) got within four in the final minute, but couldn't get any closer after losing big man Adjehi Baru to right leg injury.
Connecticut led by as many as 12, though Charleston's three-guard starting lineup was able to run with the Huskies for most of the game.
Anthony Stitt led the Cougars with 17 points. Baru and Joe Chealey each added 12.
Connecticut advances to play Dayton in the winners' bracket on Friday. Charleston takes on Texas A&M in consolation play.