PISCATAWAY, N.J. — UConn had been able to stay fairly free of injuries through the season, but it was hit twice this week.

Omar Calhoun sprained his left ankle against Temple, and ended up sitting out the game at Rutgers on Saturday night. DeAndre Daniels went down awkwardly and sustained a high ankle sprain in the first half against Rutgers, but he returned in the second half.

"It was a high ankle sprain and anybody who has played basketball knows that's very, very painful," coach Kevin Ollie said. "He just gutted it out; that's the toughness we need to see."

Daniels, who played 21 minutes, getting seven points and five rebounds, fell over teammate Ryan Boatright near the baseline. He stayed on the floor for several minutes and was eventually helped off by athletic trainer James Doran and teammate Amida Brimah.

After the injury was diagnosed, Doran taped up Daniels' right leg.

"They asked me if I wanted to sit out," Daniels said, "I said, 'Nah, I just want to fight through it.' … I wanted to test it. I knew it was going to hurt me a lot running up and down the court."

Calhoun, who lost his starting job in December, has been playing off the bench. He sprained his left ankle on Tuesday.

"Omar tweaked it last game," Ollie said. "He came to shoot-around and he just didn't have the lateral movement, so we decided to sit him out tonight."

UConn has only one game between now and Feb. 6, a game against Houston on Thursday night, so there is some chance for the injuries to heal.

"Hopefully, Omar will be back for Houston," Ollie said, "and hopefully, DeAndre will be back for Houston. If not, we'll have to play who we've got. We'll have to play together."

Niels Giffey would probably start for Daniels at the forward spot.

Boatright Rises For Defense

Rutgers' leading scorer, Myles Mack, was held to six points, going 2-for-9 from the floor. Ryan Boatright had the task of guarding Mack, 5 feet 9, for most of the night.

"Shabazz took the game over on offense, and Ryan took the game over on defense," Niels Giffey said. "What did Mack have, six points? That shows you the type of defense Ryan played."

Mack was the only Rutgers three-point shooter who did not have a good night, going 2-for-7. The rest of the Knights were 6-for-11. And Mack did not get to the free throw line. ... Rutgers announced a crowd of 8,006, its largest of the season. UConn also drew the largest crowds of the year at Houston and SMU. "I just wish they could have been happier and more excited," Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan said. "We need to have more exciting plays, be able to get over the hump and take a game over." ... UConn won the rebounding edge for the fifth time in the past six games, this time 34-29. The Huskies also had nine turnovers, and outscored Rutgers in the paint, 34-12. "Anytime you see that many points in the paint, it means we're playing aggressive," Ollie said. ... Ollie also had praise for Phil Nolan's defense. Nolan had four points and one rebound in 15 minutes, "but he did a lot of things you won't see on the stat sheet," Ollie said, "with his defensive presence." … Former Husky standout Donyell Marshall was at the game, and was talking to players afterward. … UConn ended up with a 10-2 record in games at the RAC between 1996 and 2014, the period in which Rutgers was a Big East/AAC rival.