UConn men’s basketball handled its post-Thanksgiving opponent with ease, taking down the Manhattan Jaspers, 90-60, at the XL Center Friday afternoon. Dan Hurley’s Huskies have tied the NCAA record for consecutive double-digit wins in non-conference play; they’ll go for the record on Monday night.
The Huskies went to the paint early and often in this one. Donovan Clingan hit a hook shot for the game’s first basket and finished with 12 points at halftime on his way to 17, hitting 7-of-11 shots while grabbing 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Samson Johnson finished with four points and five rebounds in 20 minutes as UConn scored 54 points in the paint to the Jaspers’ 24.
Tristen Newton flourished in a facilitating role, dishing eight assists by halftime as he finished with 11 helpers, 15 points, and 12 rebounds for his third triple-double as a Husky, a program record. The Huskies had 22 assists on 36 made baskets.
UConn was over 60% from the field at halftime as it took a 17-point lead into the break. Its stifling defense keyed the blowout, as the Jaspers had just seven points in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Cam Spencer actually led the Huskies in scoring with 18 points, hitting all four of his three-pointers. Alex Karaban finished with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting. The Huskies shot 58 percent from the field and hit 9-of-20 three-pointers.
Next up, the Huskies are facing New Hampshire in Gampel Pavilion, where they’ll look to set the NCAA record for consecutive double-digit non-conference wins. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. on Monday and the game will be televised on FS1.