STORRS, Conn. (NWN) — Adama Sanogo scored 20 points and No. 24 UConn started the season on Route 99-48 in Central Connecticut on Tuesday night.
RJ Cole scored 15 points and Tyrese Martin added 14 for the Huskies, who took a 29-point lead at halftime.
Yukon coach Dan Hurley said his offense, which lost last season’s leading scorer James Buchknight in the NBA draft, will run through Sanago this season. Gardener’s 6-foot-9 sophistication ran past and around the Blue Devils, hitting 9 of his 11 shots.
He opened the scoring with a lay-up and scored six points as Yukon went out to a 22-5 lead.
The Huskies, who started the season for the first time since 2016, made their first eight shots and put the Blue Devils in just two baskets in the first eight minutes.
The Huskies took their first 20-point lead at 34-14 when Akok Akok caught a deflection from the air and converted it into an unintentional ally-oop layup.
Martin’s rebounds and end-to-end driving layup scored 15–0 to give Yukon a 41–14 lead. By the half, the Huskies took a 52-23 lead.
Joe Ostrowski had 12 points and Nigel Scantlebury 11 for Central Connecticut, who finished last season 5-16 and were selected to finish last in the Northeast Conference.
Sanogo scored the first four points as Husky opened the second half at 10-2.
The Huskies now lead 16-0 all-time against the Blue Devils of New Britain.
CCSU: This was the head-coaching debut for Patrick Sellers, who played for the Blue Devils and was Yukon’s director of basketball operations from 2004–2007, as an assistant under Hall-of-Famer Jim Calhoun from 2007–2010 before serving.
UConn: The Huskies played a game without sharp-shooting freshman Jordan Hawkins, who sprained his right ankle during practice on Saturday. It was not immediately known when Hawkins would return.
Central Connecticut plays the Browns on Sunday.
Yukon hosts Coppin State on Saturday at the XL Center in Hartford.
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