NCAAB Game Recap - Central Florida at Connecticut
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:00 PM EST

MD
74
Minn
73
F
StJon
60
Vill
71
F
Rut
64
PSU
65
F
UGA
90
SCar
94
F(OT)
UCF
65
UConn
81
F
ECU
68
SoFL
73
F(OT)
Syr
72
Pitt
49
F
Rich
73
GrgWas
70
F
Brad
74
IlSt
71
F(OT)
Albany
69
UMassL
88
F
Sien
84
Quin
77
F
Denv
51
IPFW
58
F
ETSU
60
Woff
54
F
Samf
78
WCU
109
F
Chat
71
VMI
64
F
UVA
56
VaTec
53
F
Hartfo
65
Stony
54
F
Duques
81
StBon
77
F(OT)
Furm
81
UNCG
67
F
LoyMD
57
Navy
62
F
Bingha
76
UMBC
74
F
VACom
52
UMass
60
F
Maris
56
Manh
65
F
UNH
77
Maine
70
F
Boston
55
Leh
57
F(OT)
URI
76
Ford
75
F
Mercer
73
Citad
57
F
Colg
70
Buck
71
F
HolyC
61
Army
67
F
Lafy
59
Amer
79
F
NWSt
59
SFA
90
F
SeLA
82
McNee
104
F
N DA
83
NebOm
84
F(OT)
ArkSt
74
ULLa
77
F
IndSt
77
SIU
68
F
Evans
64
NrthIA
84
F
TXAMC
81
NOrl
75
F
InWor
66
Lamar
86
F
Nich
93
HBU
85
F
GTown
72
Marq
93
F
Tenn
69
Ark
86
F
ND
62
BC
61
F
NM
58
AF
60
F
Mizzu
61
Vand
52
F
StJos
63
StLou
76
F
LSU
66
Fla
81
F
SamH
69
AbCh
85
F
UtVal
66
CBU
73
F
Utah
62
Stan
70
F
CSNor
73
LongB
64
F
Bois
66
UNLV
76
F

Feb 26, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Central Florida (14-13)

32

33

65

Connecticut (16-12)

36

45

81

UConn beats UCF to guarantee no losing record this season
Thu Feb 27, 2020 12:03 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) UConn could drop the rest of its games this season and still avoid a losing record for the first time in four years.

Isaiah Whaley tied a career-high with 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to help Connecticut to an 81-65 win over UCF Wednesday in the American Athletic Conference.

Christian Vital also had 18 points and James Bouknight finished with 16 for the Huskies (16-12, 7-8 American Athletic Conference), who have three games left in the regular season and at least one in the conference tournament.

"Everybody is in good spirits right now," Whaley said. "We're still playing for stuff right now. We're still playing meaningful games."

UConn led by just four points at halftime, but broke the game open with a 12-2 run early in the second half.

A Vital drive gave UConn its first double-digit lead at 53-42 and a second-chance dunk by Whaley put the Huskies up 60-43 lead midway through the second half.

Whaley, who came in averaging 4.7 points, hit seven of his nine shots from the floor and made all four of his foul shots.

"He was relentless on the boards, creating second and third opportunities for them," UCF coach Johnny Dawkins said.

A 3-pointer by UCF's Darin Green Jr. capped a 7-0 run that cut the deficit to 10 points before the Huskies stretched it out again.

Collin Smith had 17 points to lead UCF (14-13, 5-10), which had won three of its previous four games, including victories over AAC leaders Cincinnati and Tulsa. Ceasar DeJesus added 14 points for the Knights.

UConn opened strong. Whaley had two early buckets, UConn scored its first eight points in the lane and jumped out to an 11-4 lead.

Smith hit three shots during a 10-3 run that tied the game and a drive by DeJesus around Vital gave UCF a lead at 18-16.

But the Huskies scored the next nine points, holding UCF off the scoreboard for 3 1/2 minutes.

The Bulls kept the game close and trailed 36-32 at halftime.

The Huskies, led by Whaley, won the game down low, outscoring UCF 48-38 in the paint and outrebounding the Knights 36-28.

Vital said the Huskies, who have now won three of their last four, are thinking about much more than a .500 record.

"I thought that was expected at a program like this," he said.

STEPPING UP

In the three games since UConn lost forward Akok Akok to a torn Achilles on Feb. 16, Whaley has averaged 14.6 points and 10 rebounds. Last year, the junior averaged fewer than four minutes and just under a single point per game.

"In recruiting, we'll use him as an example of player development, no doubt," UConn coach Dan Hurley said.

STAT OF THE GAME

UConn held UCF to just two 3-point baskets on 13 attempts. The Knights came into the game 7-2 when they hit eight or more 3-pointers in a game. They are now 7-11 when they don't.

BIG PICTURE

UCF: The Knights fell to 4-10 when being held under 71 points. They're 10-3 when scoring more than that.

UConn: Vital moved past Donyell Marshall and Khalid El Amin and into 13th place on the school's all-time scoring list (1,654). His two 3-pointers extended his American Athletic Conference record to 255.

UP NEXT

UCF: The Knights travel to Tulsa for a rematch on Saturday with a team they upset earlier this month in Florida

UConn: The Huskies visit East Carolina on Saturday for their only scheduled meeting with the Pirates this year and the last one scheduled before the Huskies leave the AAC for the Big East after this season.

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Leaders

Central Florida PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Smith 17 0 0 6 1 0
C. DeJesus 14 0 1 0 3 0
Connecticut PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Aiyegbusi 0 0 0 0 0 0
I. Whaley 18 0 1 11 1 2

Team Comparison

UCF UConn
Points For 65 81
Field Goals 26/54-48% 29/59-49%
Three Pointers 2/13-15% 5/19-26%
Free Throws 11/16-69% 18/24-75%
Offensive Rebounds 7 11
Defensive Rebounds 21 25
Rebounds 31 39
Blocks 1 2
Steals 6 12
Turnovers 17 15
Personal Fouls 21 19
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 Feb 26 UCF 65 @ UConn 81 I. Doumbia 2 S. Wilson 2

Game Information

Stadium: XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut
Attendance: 9,480
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