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Connecticut 68, Butler 46

(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

By PHILLIP B. WILSON
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - Adama Sanogo had 27 points and 14 rebounds, helping No. 3 Connecticut beat Butler 68-46.

Jordan Hawkins added 12 points as the Huskies (12-0, 1-0 Big East) extended the program's fourth-longest winning streak to start a season. UConn's No. 3 ranking is the team's highest since 2009, and it likely will move up in the next poll after No. 2 Virginia lost to No. 5 Houston on Saturday.

The Huskies pulled away late in the first half. The Bulldogs (8-4, 0-1) were unable to match the physicality of Sanogo, a 6-foot-9 junior center from Mali.

Manny Bates scored 16 points for Butler on 7-for-11 shooting. Chuck Harris had 12.

The Bulldogs opened with an 8-2 run, but Sanogo quickly started to assert himself inside. By the time Connecticut was ahead 25-17, Sanogo had 12 points.

Connecticut's Nahiem Alleyne sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 28-20 halftime lead.

When Butler closed to 43-39 midway through the second half, Sanogo stepped out and sank his only 3-pointer. The Huskies then went on a 12-0 run to build a 61-42 lead with 4:33 remaining.

The Huskies are unbeaten in six career meetings against the Bulldogs, starting with a win in the 2011 NCAA championship.

BIG PICTURE

Connecticut: Following a slow start, the Huskies showed off their resolve. Even when it was missing shots, UConn had superior ball movement and was better on the boards to create more scoring chances.

Butler: A second-half comeback came up short, but the Bulldogs proved they can contend with an elite Big East team. Butler had won four in a row before hosting its highest-ranked opponent since No. 1 Villanova in 2017.

December 17, 2022


UConn
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Sanogo F 31 13-21 0-1 1-1 7-14 3 0 1 2 3 27
A. Karaban F 29 2-10 0-0 1-7 3-6 2 0 0 2 0 5
T. Newton G 32 1-7 2-2 1-5 1-8 3 1 0 2 1 5
A. Jackson Jr. G 31 1-5 0-0 1-3 2-6 6 1 0 3 4 3
J. Hawkins G 26 5-13 0-1 2-5 1-3 0 0 0 0 3 12
N. Alleyne   22 3-8 0-0 3-5 0-2 1 0 0 0 1 9
J. Calcaterra   12 1-5 0-0 1-3 2-4 3 0 0 0 0 3
D. Clingan   9 2-2 0-0 0-0 2-8 1 1 0 3 2 4
H. Diarra   8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 1 0 1 0
Totals   200 28-71
(.394)
2-4
(.500)
10-29
(.345)
18-54 20 3 2 12 15 68


Butler
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
S. Lukosius F 36 2-8 2-2 2-4 0-5 2 0 1 0 0 8
M. Bates C 37 7-11 2-3 0-0 1-3 3 1 1 4 3 16
C. Harris G 36 4-14 4-5 0-2 0-6 0 0 1 0 1 12
E. Hunter Jr G 36 1-10 0-0 0-5 1-4 1 0 1 1 1 2
J. Taylor G 28 1-5 0-0 0-2 0-5 1 0 1 4 3 2
A. Ali   13 1-4 3-3 1-1 0-1 1 0 0 0 1 6
P. Thomas   10 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-4 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Thomas   3 0-2 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 16-54
(.296)
11-13
(.846)
3-14
(.214)
4-30 8 1 5 10 9 46
Officials: John Gaffney, Matt Potter, Tommy Morrissey




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