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UConn men’s basketball captures record-setting win over UNH, 84-64

The Huskies have now won a record 24 straight non-conference games by double digits.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

No. 4 UConn men’s basketball routed the New Hampshire Wildcats Monday night at Gampel Pavilion, 84-64, to set a record for consecutive non-conference games won by double-digits, with 24.

Donovan Clingan led the way, hitting his first nine shots on his way to a career-high 29 points along with seven rebounds. UNH didn’t have anyone who could stop him or Samson Johnson, who finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.

Clingan scored six of the Huskies’ first eight points as Dan Hurley’s squad took control early on even though some hot shooting from behind the arc allowed UNH to hang around in the first half.

After an 8-8 tie, the Wildcats went more than seven minutes without a basket and UConn was clicking offensively with Newton and Spencer facilitating for Clingan and Johnson. The Wildcats’ Jaxson Baker helped make it somewhat closer, scoring 15 straight points in under five minutes, but the Huskies still took a 45-30 lead into halftime.

The turnover differential at the break was also stark, with UNH committing 13 to UConn’s three. The Huskies nearly evened that up with a sloppy second half but still held on for the win while also setting a season-high for turnovers forced.

Clingan picked up where he left off to start the second half, opening it with two easy buckets. Cam Spencer joined in with a layup and a transition three to push the lead to 21. UNH was feisty but unable to keep up its hot three-point shooting. The visitors had made 8-12 from three at the break but went just 5-15 in the second half.

Fresh off of his program-record third triple-double, Tristen Newton made sure the ball was getting into the post early and scored five first-half points before coming alive in the second half to add 10 more points and nearly notch another triple-double, finishing with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. Spencer also had 17 points with four rebounds, three assists, and four steals.

Hassan Diarra fouled out with zero points late in the game, while Alex Karaban and Solo Ball both had off-shooting nights, combining to go 1-12 from three. The Huskies’ four double-digit scorers had all but 11 of UConn’s points on the night.

Next up, Hurley’s Huskies head to Lawrence for a highly-anticipated matchup against the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks on Friday night. Tip-off is set for 9:00 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN2.