HARTFORD, Conn. - Freshman Vance Jackson scored a team-high 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting from long range, as the UConn men's basketball team defeated New Haven in Sunday's exhibition at the XL Center, 83-68.
Jackson was one of five players to score in double-figures for the Huskies, who shot 54.1-percent from the field as a team. Redshirt sophomore Terry Larrier added 14 points in his UConn debut, while senior Kentan Facey had 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting.
Ahead 36-35 at halftime, it was an explosive second half - a 47-33 scoring advantage - that allowed the Huskies to pull away from the Chargers. Larrier grabbed a game-high seven rebounds, a department that UConn led, 39-28.
All five freshmen on the UConn roster got playing time, including American Athletic Conference Preseason Rookie of the Year Alterique Gilbert. Gilbert had five points and five assists in 24 minutes on the floor.
Jackson was the highlight for the Huskies, as his reputation for being a three-point sharpshooter came to fruition. His four jumpers from beyond the arc were the only three-pointers made by UConn (4-of-15 3FG).
New Haven's Danny Upchurch led all scorers with 33 points on 11-of-22 shooting. UConn's defense, which held the Chargers to shooting 40.4-percent from the field as a team, did not allow another player to score in double-figures.
The Huskies held a 34-18 scoring advantage in the paint and 34-15 scoring edge off the bench to outlast New Haven.
UConn returns to action next Saturday when it plays Southern Connecticut State University in the second and final exhibition game. Tip-off is at 1 p.m. (ET) in Gampel Pavilion.