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Huskies Dominate Queens College, 100-43

Antwoine Anderson makes a steal against Queens College (PC: Steve Slade).
Nov. 5, 2017

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STORRS, Conn. – Freshman Josh Carlton scored 20 points on 10-of-12 shooting to lead the UConn men’s basketball team in its commanding 100-43 victory over Queens College in exhibition action on Sunday night.

Playing their final preseason game in the renovated Gampel Pavilion, the Huskies pounced on the Knights early with efficient offense (55.3-percent for the game) and gritty defense (28 forced turnovers), cruising to the 57-point victory.

Four Huskies scored in double-figures, with Carlton’s game-high 20 complemented by sophomore Christian Vital’s 18 and junior Jalen Adams’ 16. UConn shot 64.7-percent (22-of-34) from the field in the second half as a team.

It was not until the 5:52 mark in the first half that Queens scored its first field goal of the game, going 0-of-13 to begin Sunday’s contest. UConn scored 28 points off 20 turnovers in the first 20 minutes – at one point, holding a 28-0 lead.

For the second-straight game, UConn found success in the paint – scoring 60 of its 100 points in the lane. The Huskies’ bench accounted for 61 points on Sunday – enough to outscore Queens as a team – as Carlton and Vital combined for 38.

The Huskies took a 32-point lead into halftime, as they held the Knights to just 3-of-22 shooting in the first half. Redshirt freshman Alterique Gilbert had 10 points at the intermission, finishing the game with 12 on 5-of-9 shooting.

Queens came out firing in the second half, going on a 17-3 run over the first 3:50 to trim the UConn lead to 50-32. In the following three minutes, the Huskies answered with a 15-0 run, capped-off by a pair of free throws from graduate transfer Antwoine Anderson.

13 of 14 Huskies scored in the game, including graduate student Mike Noyes and senior Christian Foxen in the final minutes. Sophomore Temi Aiyegbusi added an assist, when he found freshman Isaiah Whaley cutting to the hoop for a dunk with 1:30 remaining.

Sophomore forward Kwintin Williams provided a spark off the bench, recording five rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in his 14 minutes on the floor.

UConn wraps-up exhibition play with a 2-1 record, after consecutive victories over Merrimack and Queens College. Adams and Vital each averaged a team-high 14.7 points in the three contests.

The Huskies open regular-season play on Friday night when Colgate visits Gampel Pavilion. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast on SNY. Tickets for the game can be purchased HERE.