NCAAB Game Recap - Iona at Connecticut
Wed Dec 4, 2019 7:00 PM EST

ND
51
MD
72
F
UVA
40
Purd
69
F
OhSt
74
UNC
49
F
TXSo
62
Gonz
101
F
LoyMa
64
Colora
76
F
FlaAM
43
Tenn
72
F
E WA
80
Wash
90
F
Penn
69
Vill
80
F
UtSt
71
SJSU
59
F
IUPUI
51
MorSt
56
F
SacHr
89
UMassL
86
F
Leh
69
StFPA
77
F
SCar
84
UMass
80
F
Boston
63
GrgWas
64
F
W IL
86
Evans
90
F
VMI
58
Duques
71
F
Colg
82
Bingha
74
F
E IL
69
IPFW
74
F
RobM
70
YSU
81
F
WIGB
71
Xav
84
F
JMU
71
Radf
94
F
(N/A)
51
Ohio
90
F
Maine
63
NE
78
F
Longw
41
NCAT
52
F
(N/A)
37
UNH
91
F
KennSt
54
UNCG
72
F
Tows
76
Morg
59
F
Akr
85
Marsh
73
F
NCC
59
UGA
95
F
Canis
59
FlAtl
62
F
FlGlf
53
FlInt
71
F
LoyMD
84
DelSt
76
F
ETSU
96
Citad
84
F
Iona
62
UConn
80
F
(N/A)
79
CoCar
114
F
Toled
80
Clev
65
F
(N/A)
55
Brown
82
F
Nebras
56
GaTec
73
F
Yale
61
Albany
52
F
Princ
76
Drex
82
F
NJIT
65
Army
75
F
PaulQ
69
Gram
79
F
ArkPB
39
Tuls
72
F
GTown
81
OkSt
74
F
UMKC
61
IaSt
79
F
BYU
95
Utah
102
F(OT)
UCDav
85
NoAZ
66
F
Norf
59
SIU
76
F
(N/A)
63
ULMo
86
F
TxSt
60
Hou
68
F
N AL
63
Troy
71
F
TxTch
60
DeP
65
F(OT)
Tul
61
SoMis
56
F
NNMU
47
N CO
92
F
Jacksn
56
Marq
75
F
Web
72
UtVal
67
F
AF
86
Wyo
77
F
Bois
78
NM
80
F
SDSU
79
ColSt
57
F
ChiSt
89
SIU-E
81
F
Wisc
54
NCSU
69
F
Wake
54
PSU
76
F
UCRiv
67
CBap
79
F
CSNor
71
Portl
64
F
CS-Ful
59
Pacif
62
F
SCla
67
Nev
98
F
WaSt
78
Ida
65
F
UNLV
81
Fres
80
F(2OT)
Cal
64
USF
76
F

Connecticut 80, Iona 62

Dec 4, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Iona (2-3)

35

27

62

Connecticut (6-2)

36

44

80

UConn beats Iona 80-62 for third straight win
Wed Dec 4, 2019 10:50 PM

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Josh Carlton isn't the most demonstrative of players.

So after UConn's 6-foot-8 post made a particularly strong move to the basket Wednesday night, it was his coach who jumped off the bench and flexed in front of the team.

Carlton scored 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, both season highs to lead UConn over Iona 80-62. He also blocked four shots and drew six fouls going hard to the rim.

"I just want him to believe in himself; I want him to see me doing that (flexing) in his direction and let him see that I believe in him and that I think he's a beast," coach Dan Hurley said.

Christian Vital added 16 points and Tyler Polley scored 14 for the Huskies (6-2), who have won three straight and five of their last six.

Alterique Gilbert had a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. That trio of guards combined to hit eight of their 15 attempts from 3-point range.

"It's just when everybody is doing what they do well is when we fire on all cylinders - Ty hitting 3s; CV hitting 3s; Alterique getting into the paint and dishing it out to shooters; Akok blocking shots," Carlton said.

E.J. Crawford scored 17 points and Tajuan Agee had 14 for Iona (2-3). All but four of their points came in the first half.

"I thought in the second half we didn't quite move the ball like we needed to get open shots," acting coach Tra Arnold said.

UConn led by just one point at halftime, but scored the first 11 points of the second half. Polley's 3-pointer from the left wing put the Huskies up 47-35 and forced Arnold to call a timeout.

Akok Akok's put-back capped the UConn run at 22-4. That gave the Huskies a 58-39 lead and control of the game.

Iona went on a 13-1 run of its own and cut what had been a 22-point deficit to 10 before UConn stretched it back out.

"As time goes by in your program, as you recruit players in and as players who were already in the program start to believe in your vision then you are just a lot more together and you can withstand bad stretches and respond," Hurley said.

The Huskies opened strong. Vital scored on UConn's first possession and had seven points as the Huskies jumped out to an 11-2 lead.

Connecticut used an unusual 5-point play to go up 20-11. Gilbert drew a foul while sinking a long 3-pointer from the right wing. He missed the free throw, but Isaiah Whaley was there to tip it into the basket.

The Huskies led 22-11, before Agee led the Gaels on an 12-0 run to take their first lead on a three-point play by Crawford.

UConn led 36-35 at the break.

BIG PICTURE

Iona: Iona had not played a game since November 23 and won't play again until December 17. The Gaels remain without head coach Tim Cluess, who also has been dealing with an undisclosed medical condition.

"He's good spirited right now; I think he'll be back soon," Arnold said.

UConn: The Huskies were back to a 10-man rotation on Wednesday with the return of swingman Sid Wilson from a knee injury. Wilson played 81/2 minutes, scoring two points and pulling down three rebounds.

KEY STATS

UConn shot 47% from the field and had 18 assists on its 30 made field goals. Iona shot 40.7%, but hit just four of 19 shots from 3-point range.

HUNTER RETURNS

UConn assistant coach Kenya Hunter returned to the bench for the first time this season after battling an undisclosed health problem.

UP NEXT

Iona: The Gaels host Princeton on Dec. 17.

UConn: The Huskies travel to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday to face Indiana in the Jimmy V Classic

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Leaders

Iona PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
N. Nikolic 0 0 0 1 0 0
D. van Eyck 0 0 0 1 0 0
Connecticut PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Gaffney 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Aiyegbusi 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Iona UConn
Points For 62 80
Field Goals 24/59-41% 30/64-47%
Three Pointers 4/19-21% 8/19-42%
Free Throws 10/13-77% 12/20-60%
Offensive Rebounds 11 19
Defensive Rebounds 20 25
Rebounds 34 46
Blocks 2 8
Steals 9 4
Turnovers 15 16
Personal Fouls 17 16
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - UConn Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Dec 4 Iona 62 @ UConn 80 A. Ristanovic 3 J. Bouknight 2

Game Information

Stadium: Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Connecticut
Attendance: 5,909
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