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UConn Men’s Basketball: Huskies run past the BU Terriers, 85-66

The Huskies overcame a shaky start to capture a comfortable victory over BU.

The UConn Huskies take on the BU Terriers in a men's college basketball game at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on November 19, 2017.
If style points existed, Vital would have had many.
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This was a rough one to start, but the UConn Huskies ultimately took care of business as they handily defeated Boston University 85-66 at the XL Center.

Christian Vital led the way for the Huskies, who have had three different leading scorers in their first three games. Vital finished with a career-high 30 points on 9-15 shooting with five rebounds to boot. Jalen Adams was second on the team with 12 points while Terry Larrier and Antwoine Anderson tied for third with 11 each.

Larrier needs to be a little bit more assertive, but in a game like this, I suppose it’s best to try and get as many people involved as possible. Anderson has been a great veteran presence for this team, averaging 11 points through the first three games.

BU jumped out to an early lead as UConn waited until the 5:32 mark of the first half to hit its first field goal. The Huskies regrouped midway through the opening frame to take a 39-31 lead into the break.

The home team ran away with it from there, starting the second half with a 15-5 run and never looking back. Overall, UConn dominated the rebounding battle, 52-32, with 16 offensive boards leading to 17 second-chance points. One thing the Huskies need to improve on, besides the bad starts, is free-throw shooting. They finished 13-of-20 (65 percent) on the evening from the charity stripe.

UConn will be in action next at the PK80 Invitational Tournament in Portland, Oregon with a matchup against the University of Oregon in what will be the first big test of the season for Kevin Ollie’s squad. The good news is UConn goes into this game 3-0 and, even with some clear flaws, has shown plenty to be optimistic about.

Postgame Video: Kevin Ollie, Christian Vital, and Terry Larrier