NCAAB Game Recap - Temple at Connecticut
Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:00 PM EST

Baylor
67
IaSt
53
F
SDSU
85
NM
57
F
Lou
86
BC
69
F
Dayt
73
Duques
69
F
DeP
57
Seton
64
F
WVU
81
TxTch
89
F
Vand
62
KY
71
F
NW
50
MSU
79
F
Hou
69
ECU
59
F
Alab
76
LSU
90
F
Ind
49
PSU
64
F
Buck
59
Army
68
F
Mercer
71
ETSU
55
F
Temp
63
UConn
78
F
Mem
59
UCF
57
F
Wake
80
ND
90
F
David
104
GrgWas
107
F(4OT)
MOSt
66
NrthIA
95
F
Valpa
69
Brad
80
F
Stony
84
UMassL
76
F
UNCG
72
WCU
58
F
Monm
63
StPet
66
F
Vermt
56
UNH
43
F
HolyC
66
Navy
81
F
Albany
67
UMBC
63
F
StJos
76
UMass
91
F
Drake
56
IndSt
58
F
Bingha
57
Hartfo
73
F
VMI
72
Furm
74
F(OT)
StBon
62
Ford
55
F(OT)
Woff
79
Citad
56
F
Lafy
80
Colg
78
F
LoyMD
77
Boston
92
F
Chat
92
Samf
84
F
TXAMC
61
SamH
80
F
Nich
74
McNee
80
F(OT)
SoFL
66
Tul
52
F
Tex
62
TCU
61
F
Okla
53
KansSt
61
F
SeLA
68
CenAR
88
F
LoyIL
63
SIU
68
F
SDSt
76
Oral
61
F
NWSt
82
NOrl
74
F
Evans
66
IlSt
77
F
InWor
84
HBU
82
F
StLou
77
LaSal
76
F(OT)
AbCh
61
SFA
71
F
SCar
79
Ark
77
F
Marq
84
Xav
82
F(2OT)
CBap
65
UtVal
61
F
Nev
91
ColSt
92
F
SJSU
71
Bois
99
F
AzSt
65
WaSt
67
F

Jan 29, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Temple (10-10)

21

42

63

Connecticut (11-9)

36

42

78

UConn snaps 4-game losing streak with 78-63 win over Temple
Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:44 AM

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn fans got a glimpse Wednesday of what the future may hold for the Huskies.

Dan Hurley started three freshmen and Connecticut responded with a 78-63 win over Temple in the American Athletic Conference, snapping a four-game losing streak.

"I just thought we showed the character, the toughness, the identity that we're building as a program here," Hurley said.

Christian Vital led six Huskies in double figures with 15 points. James Bouknight and Brendan Adams each added 12 points, while Josh Carlton, Isaiah Whaley and Akok Akok had 10 apiece for Connecticut.

Nate Pierre-Louis scored 20 points and Quinton Rose had 15 for Temple ( 10-10, 2-6), which has lost four in a row and seven of its last eight.

UConn, which had been beaten by six points or fewer in every game during its recent skid, never trailed in this one.

The Huskies held the Owls scoreless for a 5 1/2 minute stretch in the first half, opened up an 18-point lead and went into halftime up 36-21.

A steal and tomahawk dunk by Bouknight made it 53-31 and the Huskies extended that to 24 points.

UConn was led by its defense. The Huskies blocked seven shots and forced 16 turnovers that led to 20 points.

"We were just in the right spots and we were smart," Hurley said. "We stole deflections and we didn't take a lot of high risks."

Carlton, who was held scoreless in the Huskies last two games, opened the scoring by grabbing an offensive rebound and making a strong move to the basket. He had the Huskies first four points.

"I think the way Josh started the game really gave everybody a boost," Vital said. "Because once we knew we were going to beat them on the inside, it kind of like freed up the guards to attack, knowing they had to think about Josh."

A driving layup by Vital completed an 8-0 run that gave the Huskies a 12-4 lead. He extended the advantage to 10 points at 18-8 when he was fouled shooting a 3-pointer from the left wing and completed the four-point play.

BIG PICTURE

Temple came into the game averaging just 67.9 points and shooting 40% from the floor. They shot 39.7% in this one.

"This has been a struggle for us all year," said coach Aaron McKie. "You would hope that at some point we could find a way or find a game where we can make some shots. And it just hasn't happened for us. "

UConn played the game shorthanded. Forward Sidney Wilson (4.5 points per game) suffered a knee bruise in the Huskies' loss to Tulsa on Sunday. Starting point guard Alterique Gilbert (9.4 points per game), who was benched for most of the second half after some poor play against Tulsa, sat out Wednesday "for personal reasons." Hurley declined to comment on what those might be or when he might return.

FRESHMAN

Jalen Gaffney started in Gilbert's place, scoring nine points and dishing out five assists. He joined fellow freshmen Akok and Bouknight in the starting lineup.

"We've been talking about this for a long time," Gaffney said. "We know what we're capable of. We know we can start. We can play with the best of them. It was just good to see that today."

TENACIOUS D

UConn had its own shooting issues, hitting just 35.5% from the field. But despite pulling down only two more rebounds than Temple (39-37) the Huskies had 20 second-chance points to just nine for the Owls. Akok had four of the Huskies blocks, giving him 61 for the season.

UP NEXT

Temple heads home to face East Carolina on Saturday

UConn begins a two-game road trip in Memphis on Saturday.

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Leaders

Temple PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
J. Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Scott 0 0 0 1 1 0
Connecticut PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Garry 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Aiyegbusi 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Temp UConn
Points For 63 78
Field Goals 23/58-40% 22/62-35%
Three Pointers 4/12-33% 6/25-24%
Free Throws 13/17-76% 28/30-93%
Offensive Rebounds 13 15
Defensive Rebounds 24 24
Rebounds 42 42
Blocks 1 7
Steals 7 9
Turnovers 16 10
Personal Fouls 24 17
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 29 Temp 63 @ UConn 78 J. Moorman II 6 J. Gaffney 9

Game Information

Stadium: Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Connecticut
Attendance: 7,886
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