STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Jalen Adams and Christian Vital each scored 19 points and UConn beat UMass Lowell 97-75 on Tuesday night.
Alterique Gilbert and Josh Carlton added 15 points each for the Huskies (6-1), who won their third straight, all home wins over mid-major opponents.
Obadiah Noel had 20 points for UMass Lowell (4-5), which cut a 23-point Husky lead to 10 by halftime, but could get no closer.
Vital had 17 points in the first half, hitting six of his first eight shots, including four 3-pointers. The Huskies stretched their lead to 32-9 after a short jumper by Kassoum Yakwe, before Lowell began chipping away.
A turnover by Vital led to a layup by Allin Blunt at the other end capped a 10-2 run that cut the deficit to 42-32. It was 44-34 at the half.
Adam’s pushed the lead to 13 on a traditional 3-point play to open the second half. A 3-pointer by Gilbert made it 75-53 with just under 10 minutes left and the Huskies cruised to the finish.
UConn: Forward Sidney Wilson made his long-awaited debut for the Huskies with just under nine minutes left in the game. The 6-foot-7 forward transferred from St. John’s after spending just part of a summer at the New York school. The NCAA denied his waiver request, forcing him to sit out last season. UConn suspended him for the start of this season for an unspecified violation of university policy that occurred last year. He had three rebounds and missed a dunk.
UMass Lowell: The River Hawks were held seven points and five rebounds below their season averages. They also turned the ball over 19 times, leading to 24 UConn points.
UConn: The Huskies host Arizona in what coach Dan Hurley calls a high-leverage game on Sunday at the XL Center in Hartford.
UMass Lowell: The River Hawks host NJIT on Saturday at the Tsongas Center.
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