NCAAB Game Recap - Tulane at Connecticut
Wed Jan 8, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Duke
73
GaTec
64
F
Kansas
79
IaSt
53
F
Vand
79
Aub
83
F
SDSU
72
Wyo
52
F
FlaSt
78
Wake
68
F
Hamp
73
USC-Up
83
F
Campbl
64
UNCA
62
F
StJon
66
GTown
87
F
Tuls
44
Cin
75
F
Pitt
73
UNC
65
F
ND
68
NCSU
73
F
Brad
72
Evans
52
F
MisSt
69
Alab
90
F
Hartfo
80
UMassL
68
F
UMBC
75
Bingha
79
F
Winth
79
HiPt
57
F
Radf
67
GWebb
64
F
WCU
97
VMI
85
F
Stony
81
Vermt
77
F
Furm
73
Chat
66
F
Duques
78
StJos
60
F
David
58
URI
69
F
Maine
51
UNH
57
F
ETSU
64
UNCG
57
F
LaSal
69
UMass
77
F
HolyC
64
Lafy
82
F
NW
62
Ind
66
F
StBon
61
GMas
49
F
Maris
70
Fairf
58
F
LoyMD
70
Colg
92
F
Navy
60
Buck
56
F
Leh
67
Boston
84
F
Amer
68
Army
60
F
TXAMC
73
SFA
72
F
Woff
67
Samf
62
F
SeLA
62
SamH
67
F
Longw
74
ChaSo
56
F
UCF
74
SMU
81
F
NWSt
72
InWor
66
F
NebOm
66
N DA
62
F
IPFW
77
W IL
69
F
GrgWas
58
StLou
63
F
CenAR
78
NOrl
86
F
Nich
61
Lamar
52
F
McNee
88
AbCh
84
F
Seton
83
Xav
71
F
Tul
61
UConn
67
F
SDSt
80
Denv
68
F
UNLV
66
Bois
73
F
Ill
71
Wisc
70
F
Okla
72
Tex
62
F
Ark
77
LSU
79
F
UCSB
63
CAPoly
45
F
CBU
83
CSBak
75
F
Nev
68
SJSU
70
F
LongB
77
CSNor
95
F

Jan 8, 2020, 9:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Tulane (9-6)

29

32

61

Connecticut (10-5)

36

31

67

UConn beats Tulane 67-61 for season's first conference win
Thu Jan 9, 2020 12:36 AM

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn's upperclassmen heard the talk that after two straight losses in conference it might be time to give younger players more time on the court.

The juniors and seniors responded by scoring 56 points to lead the Huskies to a 67-61 win over Tulane on Wednesday night.

Junior Tyler Polley had 19 points and a career high 11 rebounds. Senior Christian Vital (14 points), junior Alterique Gilbert (11) and junior Josh Carlton (10), also reached double figures for the Huskies (10-5, 1-2 American).

"The upperclassmen really led the way," said Gilbert. "We just played with a lot of energy, played for each other and played with pride."

Connecticut dominated underneath, outrebounding Tulane 46-29 and scoring 19 second-chance points.

Teshaun Hightower had 17 points and K.J. Lawson added 16 for Tulane, which has lost four of its last five games.

"The game was won on the glass," said Tulane coach Ron Hunter. "It was a two possession game and I think they had an 18 or 17 edge on the glass. They had 18 and we had 11 offensive rebounds. That was the game."

UConn led by seven points at halftime and began the second half with a 10-4 run to give the Huskies their largest lead of the game at 46-33.

Tulane cut the deficit back to three with a run capped by a layup from Hightower.

An offensive rebound and three-point play from Polley with just under three minutes to play pushed the lead back to 63-54 and the lead was 10 a short time later after a layup from Akok Akok.

Tulane made one last push. The Green Wave cut lead to five with 47 seconds when freshman Nobel Days stole an inbounds and scored when Vital tripped going for the ball.

But Tulane chose not to foul and a layup by Vital put the game out of reach.

Polley, who was just a point shy of his career high in scoring, hit seven of his 15 shots from the floor and pulled down six offensive boards.

"We knew we can't lose three straight," said Polley. "Especially with the games coming up, we've got some really tough games. This was a must win for us, so we did play with a sense of desperation."

UConn came out pressing and scored the first five points of the game. Tulane responded with a 7-0 run.

Carlton, who was 2 of 10 from the floor in the Huskies first two conference games, hit his first four shots.

A long lob pass from A Gilbert to James Bouknight highlighted a 10-0 run that put the Huskies up 23-16 and a circus-shot driving layup from Gilbert sent the Huskies into halftime with a 36-29 lead.

Teshaun Hightower (12) and K.J. Lawson (10) had 22 of the Green Wave's first-half points.

BIG PICTURE

Tulane has never beaten UConn, falling to 0-8 in the series. The Green Wave lost he first seven games by an average of just under 10 points a game.

UConn's Polley, Gilbert and Carlton had each failed to reach double figures in the Huskies previous three games.

"We talked about what you want your legacy to be here," UConn coach Dan Hurley said. "From here on out, players are going to play themselves into more minutes or they are going to play themselves out of more minutes."

HEAVY HEART

Gilbert, who also had seven assists, was playing despite the death of his grandmother on Tuesday. Hurley said it's not clear whether the point guard with miss the Huskies next game on Sunday as he travels home to grieve with his family.

"I just felt like it was good for me to play today," Gilbert said. "I'll definitely attend the funeral and I'll be with my family for a few days."

HE SAID IT

With two games against Top-25 teams on the horizon, Hurley was asked how important it was to stop his team's two-game skid and keep the snowball from rolling down hill.

"It's still a snowball," Hurley said. "I don't know how high on the hill it is. But, it's still there."

UP NEXT

Tulane finishes its two-game road trip on Saturday at Temple

UConn begins one of its tougher stretches this season by hosting No. 23 Wichita State on Sunday. The Huskies then travel to Philadelphia to play No. 16 Villanova before heading to Houston.

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Leaders

Tulane PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. McGee 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Hightower 17 0 1 5 0 0
Connecticut PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Gaffney 0 0 0 1 0 0
B. Adams 0 0 1 2 0 0

Team Comparison

Tul UConn
Points For 61 67
Field Goals 24/61-39% 25/59-42%
Three Pointers 7/16-44% 5/22-23%
Free Throws 6/9-67% 12/16-75%
Offensive Rebounds 11 18
Defensive Rebounds 18 28
Rebounds 32 48
Blocks 3 9
Steals 3 1
Turnovers 5 11
Personal Fouls 14 12
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 Jan 8 Tul 61 @ UConn 67 J. Walker 2 I. Whaley 2

Game Information

Stadium: Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Connecticut
Attendance: 5,721
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