Men’s Basketball 11/19/2022 9:18:00 PM
UConn Athletic Communications / Nov. 19, 2022
HARTFORD, Conn. – The UConn men’s basketball team’s schedule started by squeezing five games into the first 14 days. Sunday, on the 14th day of that stretch, the Huskies find themselves 4-0 and ranked No. 25 in the AP poll as they prepare to host Delaware State at the XL Center (5 p.m., FS1).
Following the five-game homestand, UConn will head for Portland, Ore., to compete in the Phil Knight Invitational over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Less than 45 hours before Sunday’s tipoff, UConn finished an 86-50 triumph over UNC Wilmington at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. The Huskies erupted in the final minutes of the first half and the opening 10:00 of the second to run away from UNCW and clinch the victory.
Perhaps more importantly, however, the game featured the return of two key injured players for the Huskies.
Sophomore Jordan Hawkins, sidelined by concussion protocol since taking a hard fall in the first half of the season opener on Nov. 7, was back in the starting lineup and responded with a career-high 20 points, including a career-high 5 three-pointers.
Junior co-captain Andre Jackson Jr., who has been out since sustaining a broken right pinky finger in the preseason, came off the bench and played just short of 20 minutes, scoring 2 points, grabbing 3 rebounds, handing out 5 assists, and providing the leadership and high energy that UConn Coach Dan Hurley has been searching for.
"Andre may be the best leader I’ve ever seen as a player and a coach and I’m not sure it’s close," Hurley said. "He’s just savage, man. He turned that whole game and only took two shots."
Junior Adama Sanogo still leads the Huskies in scoring (20.3), rebounding (8.0) and field goal percentage (.653). Sanogo is also shooting .500 from three-point range and .875 from the foul line. The Huskies are also getting double-figure scoring from senior Tristen Newton (12.5), redshirt freshman Alex Karaban (11.3) and Hawkins (10.0).
As a team, UConn is shooting .498 overall, .344 from three-point land and .722 from the foul line. The Huskies are averaging 85.3 points per game and allowing just 56.3, while outrebounding their opponents by 12.3 rebounds per game.
Delaware State (1-3), out of the Mid-Eastern American Conference, has defeated Immaculata College, and lost games at Virginia Tech, at Villanova and at Columbia.
The Hornets are led in scoring (15.8) and rebounding (7.8) by 6-11 Brandon Stone. Sophomore guard Khyrie Staten is also averaging double figures (15.5), while junior guard Martaz Robinson hands out the most assists (4.0).
Sunday’s game will be the second half of a UConn twinbill at the XL Center, which features the UConn women playing North Carolina State at 1 p.m.
Following the Sunday games, both the men’s and women’s teams will head for Portland on Tuesday. While the men’s team play in the Phil Knight Invitational on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, the women’s team will play in the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament on Friday and Sunday.
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