STORRS, Conn (NWN) — No. 17 UConn got his chance to show his depth on Saturday, playing without two injury starts that will be sidelined for the next several weeks.
RJ Cole scored 18 points and freshman Jordan Hawkins added 15 points to help the Huskies beat Grambling State 88–59.
Isaiah Whaley had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Akok Akok trickled with 10 for the Huskies (8–1), the best start of the program since leading 9–0 to open the 2013–14 season. are doing.
Starting guard Tyrese Martin lost his second game as he deals with an avulsion fracture of his left wrist, which is expected to keep him out for at least two weeks. Forward Adama Sanogo suffered an abdominal strain and possible tear in a win on Tuesday, and is expected to miss at least three weeks.
“It’s a matter of pack strength,” said Cole, who also had seven assists, five rebounds and four steals. “Everyone steps up at any moment, no matter what the situation. So, we just told each other to just stick together, stick to your identity and everything will be all right.
Cameron Kristen scored all of his 18 points for the grambling stat (3-6) before getting injured in the first half, while AJ Taylor added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Huskies led by 17 points at halftime and took their first 20-point lead of 58–36 at a 3-pointer by Hawkins in less than 5 minutes in the second half. A 3-pointer from Akok made it 72-42.
Yukon scored the opening 17-6, with a pair of 3s for Hawkins and Ackoc converting a lob dunk and a free throw.
The Tigers’ Kristen converted her first four 3-pointers and seven of her 10 shots to keep up grumbling in the game, but had to be helped from the floor after taking an elbow to the head late in the half.
“The way he shot the ball today, it was out of light,” coach Deontay Jackson said. “He was shooting left and right and the hard part is he was leading us, and in the second half we had to figure out how to keep going from there and we got a little bad.”
UConn forced 13 turnovers of the first half, converting them to 18 points. The Huskies closed the first half at 15-4, turning a 32-26 lead at the break into a 47-30 advantage.
Grabbling: The Tigers fell 0-6, allowing their opponents to score 70 points.
UConn: Sanogo started 26 straight games for the Huskies and averaged 15.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Martin averaged 12.9 points and 7.7 rebounds.
“You lose two all-convention-level people,” Hurley said. “Now you’ve got Isaiah and RJ, whoever it is. RJ is playing like one of the best guards in the conference and Isaiah is one of the most invaluable players in our league who’s just a guy. So, we’re going to be one of those guys.” People can’t afford to last and then everyone else has to give us more.”
UConn bounced back from a sluggish nine-point victory over the Maryland-East Coast to dominate the gramblings. Pollsters are likely to wait and see how shorthand Huskies do against tough opponents before taking them up or down.
After grambling 11 of 22 shots in the first half, Husky stopped them on 10 of 31 (32.3%) in the second. Yukon had 19 second-chance points for the Tigers, only four, and went 48-33, including 22-9 on the offensive end.
Grabbling: Continue the five-game road trip to kick off 2021 with a game in Word of Avatar next Saturday.
Yukon: Visited West Virginia on Wednesday.
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