The UConn Huskies were winners in their first game back in the Big East.
The Huskies bulldozed Central Connecticut 102-75 on Wednesday. The victory gave UConn their fourth win in a row in a season opener and improved Dan Hurley’s record at UConn in season openers to 3-0. They are also 19-1 in their last 20 season openers, an awfully strong mark to say the very least.
UConn grabbed the win thanks to a potent effort on offense. The Huskies shot over 55 percent from the floor and went 10-for-26 from beyond the arc. They also went 72.7 percent from the free throw line on 22 attempts. It was pretty much target practice for the Huskies, who got points from 10 different players who saw the court.
Preseason All-Big East Second Team selection James Bouknight stood out amongst the pack. Bouknight dropped 20 points and needed just seven makes and five free throws to get there. It was Bouknight’s fourth 20-point effort of his young career, as he started off with a bang. He was joined in double figures by R.J. Cole (17), Brendan Adams (15), Tyler Polley (14) and Isaiah Whaley (12).
Freshman big man Adama Sanogo offered eight points and seven rebounds in his debut. Fellow freshman Andre Jackson meanwhile scored four points and had six assists in his first outing. Sophomore guard Jalen Gaffney had just six points, standing as the only starter who didn’t get into double figures. But Gaffney contributed in other areas, picking up a rebound, three assists and one block.
Uconn will hope to build off this terrific effort on Friday, when they are currently scheduled to face the Hartford Hawks.