Oregon took an 8-5 lead in the opening minutes, but it was all Huskies after that. Newton scored 21 points in the first half on 5-for-6 shooting from 3-point range as UConn to a 39-28 lead at the break.
The Ducks were unable to fight their way back into the game in the second half and UConn’s lead ballooned to as many as 29 points.
“Just disappointed with the way we got out tonight and guarded,” Oregon head coach Dana Altman said. “They got a lot of energy from all those threes they were hitting.”
UConn shot 47.6% from the field (30 for 63) and 45.9% (17 for 37) from 3-point range. Newton, Hawkins, Sanogo and Calcaterra accounted for 15 of UConn’s 17 3-pointers. Alex Karaban added two more.
“We’re a very good 3-point shooting team,” UConn head coach Dan Hurley said. “Unlike our past teams, it’s a team that can go on runs because we’ve got multiple guys that can hurt you from the 3-point line.
Oregon struggled to find its rhythm, turning the ball over 17 times and shooting 33.3% (5 for 15) from beyond the arc.
UConn: The Huskies handled business against an unranked Oregon team to remain undefeated.