Jeremy Lamb obtained 25 points and Ryan Boatright added 19 to guide Connecticut for an 81-67 victory over DePaul on Tuesday within the opening round from the Large East tournament.

The ninth-seeded Huskies (19-12) will have eighth-seeded West Virginia within the second round on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

Connecticut, the protecting Large East tournament and national champion, had coach Jim Calhoun back around the bench for that second game. He'd back surgery just eight days ago after missing eight games, which the Huskies won only three.

Calhoun appeared as if his old self throughout the overall game, getting out of bed and lower from his chair frequently and making his way in the game in a whistle to make certain Boatright understood what he wanted him to complete in running the offense.

Cleveland Melvin and Moses Morgan both had 19 points for that 16th-seeded Blue Devils (12-19), who closed the growing season losing 10 of the last 11.

This same game began the Huskies' five-games-in-five-days go to the conference title they adopted having a six-game go to the nation's championship.

This team does not have Kemba Master to guide it, however the Huskies began shooting just like a team determined to do large things within the postseason. They provided their first seven 3-point attempts and were 7 of 9 from past the arc in going for a 46-33 lead.

A 15-4 go to start the other half, assigned with a 3 by Roscoe Cruz, gave Connecticut a 61-37 lead with 14:47 to experience.

Unlike this past year once the Huskies continued to some 97-71 win, nowhere Devils found a method to make a game title from it. An 11- run got DePaul within 63-51 with 11:09 to experience and also the Blue Devils could get within 70-61 on the 3 by Morgan with 7:15 to experience.

Lamb had four points inside a 6- run that got the Huskies straightened out out and also the Blue Devils were never closer than 12 points the relaxation of how.