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UConn soars to 69-57 win over Hartford

The Huskies are 2-0 on the year after handling business against the Hawks.

NCAA Basketball: Hartford at Connecticut David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Two games into their return to the Big East, the UConn Huskies are 2-for-2 in the win column.

The Huskies met the Hartford Hawks on Friday night and promptly sent them packing. A 69-57 victory moved them to a 2-0 record, a mark they’ve hit three times in the last four years.

Unlike their tremendous showing against Central Connecticut, UConn struggled a bit on the offensive end. They shot over 50 percent on 2-point tries, but 3-point shooting was again a struggle. The Huskies made just five baskets from 3-point land on 19 attempts. Furthermore, they shot 8-for-14 from the free throw line, a rather poor mark that luckily didn’t nip them.

On the bright side, Isaiah Whaley shined pretty brightly in this game. He scored 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to record a double-double for the first time this season. Elsewhere, star guard James Bouknight scored a team-high 18 points while Jalen Gaffney put up 15. R.J. Cole was the fourth double-figure scorer on the night, scoring 10 points to match Whaley’s offensive output.

Defensively, UConn struggled a little bit to contain Moses Flowers. Flowers, who last year was named to the All-America East Freshman Team, scored a game-high 24 points and was hard to guard all night long. Hartford’s Hunter Marks scored 14 points, giving them two double-figure scorers on the night. But offense was very hard to come by for them as well. They shot under 35 percent inside and just 26.7 percent on the perimeter. Their best mark was at the free throw line, where they went 21-for-27.

UConn is currently scheduled to face Vanderbilt on December 1.