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UConn Men’s Basketball Dropped By Cincinnati, 65-57

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The Bearcats led from start to finish as the Huskies’ record falls below .500.

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In a matchup that has seen some of the AAC’s most competitive contests, the UConn Huskies’ woes continued in a loss to Cincinnati at Gampel Pavilion that was not nearly as close as the score might indicate.

UConn went almost eight minutes without making a shot to start the game, with the home crowd finally sitting down with 12:14 left in the first half as Christian Vital made a layup for the Huskies’ first points. Cincinnati jumped out to a 13-0 lead sparked by three three-pointers and really never looked back.

Kevin Ollie’s squad fought valiantly, sort of, to close the half looking slightly better and showed signs of life in the second, but simply made too many mistakes and abandoned anything resembling offensive strategy for long stretches as they are wont to do. They made a frantic comeback at the end to make the score look close, but it was far too little, too late.

Jalen Adams and Vital led the Huskies with 20 and 18 points, respectively, as Vital also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Mamadou Diarra was the next-leading scorer with eight points to go along with six rebounds. Terry Larrier finished with five points on 1-8 shooting. He’s 7-24 from the field in two games since his return from minor surgery.

Postgame Video: Kevin Ollie, Jalen Adams, Christian Vital, and Mamadou Diarra

Jacob Evans and Kyle Washington led the way for Bearcats. Evans had 19 points and five rebounds while Washington posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards. Cincinnati won the rebounding battle 38-33 and also did a better job from long range, hitting 9-25 (36%) from behind the arc while UConn went 5-17 (29%).

Hartford product Cane Broome, a transfer who we recently found out was not offered by Kevin Ollie and that Ollie actually recommended he check out Cincinnati, scored 10 for the Bearcats, going 2-4 from deep.

Next up, the Huskies will host USF on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a game which will be televised on ESPNU. South Florida is currently ranked 323rd in KenPom and has just one conference win. UConn isn’t having a very good season, but they should put the Bulls away comfortably.