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Connecticut 74, Villanova 66

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

By WILLIAM S. PAXTON
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. - Jordan Hawkins scored 22 points to lead No. 2 UConn over Villanova, 74-66.

Freshman Alex Karaban added 15 points and Andre Jackson Jr. had 10 for the Huskies (14-0, 3-0 Big East).

The win allowed the Huskies to tie the start of the 1953-54 team for third best. Only two have fared better with the 1998-99 team's 19-0 mark at the top of the list. It was also the first season UConn won a national championship.

Hawkins scored in double figures for the sixth straight time and had his fourth 20-point game of the season.

Caleb Daniels led Villanova (7-6, 1-1) with 23 points, Eric Dixon added 18 and Brandon Slater added 10.

A 16-3 run early in the second half helped the Huskies create some separation, taking a 49-39 lead with 12:13 left. Daniels' layup gave Villanova a 36-33 lead, but 3-pointers from Hawkins and Karaban followed by a Jackson dunk sparked the home team's surge.

THE BIG PICTURE

The Wildcats had their five-game win streak come to an end.

The Huskies are in the meat of their conference schedule with trips to Xavier and Providence coming up before hosting Big East preseason favorite Creighton.

December 28, 2022


Villanova
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
E. Dixon F 35 6-14 5-6 1-5 2-8 1 0 0 4 0 18
B. Slater F 35 3-10 3-3 1-7 1-4 3 0 0 2 3 10
C. Daniels G 34 9-15 3-3 2-6 0-2 2 0 1 3 4 23
C. Arcidiacono G 33 0-1 2-2 0-0 0-4 0 0 2 1 4 2
M. Armstrong G 10 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 2 3 0
J. Longino   28 1-2 4-4 1-2 1-4 1 0 0 4 5 7
C. Whitmore   23 3-7 0-0 0-1 1-3 0 0 0 1 3 6
B. Hausen   1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0
A. Brizzi   0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T. Patterson   0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals   199 22-51
(.431)
17-18
(.944)
5-22
(.227)
7-32 7 0 3 18 23 66


UConn
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Karaban F 33 5-9 2-2 3-7 2-6 1 1 2 1 3 15
A. Sanogo F 25 3-6 1-2 0-1 0-1 1 0 1 3 4 7
J. Hawkins G 33 6-14 6-7 4-11 1-7 0 1 2 2 4 22
A. Jackson Jr. G 30 3-11 2-2 2-6 2-6 2 1 3 3 3 10
T. Newton G 21 0-2 6-6 0-1 0-1 4 0 0 1 3 6
H. Diarra   20 1-3 4-6 0-2 0-2 3 0 4 0 0 6
N. Alleyne   16 1-2 0-0 0-1 0-0 1 0 0 0 1 2
D. Clingan   14 2-4 2-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 0 0 6
J. Calcaterra   7 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 21-53
(.396)
23-27
(.852)
9-30
(.300)
8-29 12 4 12 11 18 74
Officials: Jeffrey Anderson, Pat Driscoll, Matt Potter




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