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Huskies Fall to No. 8 Cincinnati, First Loss at Gampel

UConn falls to 0-5 against ranked opponents (PC: Steve Slade).
UConn falls to 0-5 against ranked opponents (PC: Steve Slade).
Feb. 03, 2018

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Junior guard Jalen Adams scored a game-high 20 points, but UConn fell short to No. 8 Cincinnati, 65-57, for its first loss at Gampel Pavilion this season.

The Huskies (11-12, 4-6 American) fall to 0-5 against ranked opponents this season, as sophomore guard Christian Vital added 20 points of his own in the loss on Saturday in front of a crowd of 9,170. 

UConn has lost five of its last six to fall below the .500 mark. Jacob Evans III scored a team-high 19 points for the Bearcats (21-2, 10-0 American), who extend their winning streak to 14 games. 

The Bearcats shot just 36 percent from the floor, 10 percentage points below their season average, but they held UConn to 29 percent.

Cincinnati opened the game with three straight 3-pointers and ran out to a 13-0 lead. The Huskies missed their first 10 shots and didn't score until Christian Vital drove the lane for a layup almost eight minutes into the game.

The Bearcats had a drought of their own, getting just six free throws over a nine-minute span before a 3-pointer from Evans made it 26-16.

A 3-pointer by Keith Williams at the halftime buzzer sent the Bearcats into the locker room up 32-21.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Cane Broome eight minutes into the second half extended the lead to 17 points and the Bearcats weathered a late 12-4 UConn run. Redshirt freshman Mamadou Diarra has eight points and six rebounds for the Huskies. 

BIG PICTURE

Cincinnati: A win in its next game against UCF would tie the team's longest winning streak in the 12-years since Mick Cronin took over as head coach. The school record for consecutive wins is 37, during the 1961-62 and 1962-63 seasons.

UConn: The Huskies are now 27-29 over the past two seasons. UConn has lost 12 straight against ranked opponents and is 0-5 against the Top 25 this season. Despite their struggles, this was the Huskies first loss on campus this season. The Huskies are now 5-1 at Gampel Pavilion.

UP NEXT

Cincinnati: Heads home to face UCF on Tuesday before at two-game road trip to SMU and Houston.

UConn: The Huskies remain at home to face USF on Wednesday. It will be the first time this season the Huskies have had back-to-back games at Gampel Pavilion.


 

 

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