UConn Athletic Communications / November 19, 2022
HARTFORD, Conn. — The UConn men’s basketball team’s schedule began by cramming five games into its first 14 days. Sunday the 14thth On the day of this stretch, the Huskies find themselves 4-0 and 25th in the AP poll as they prepare to host the state of Delaware at the XL Center (5 p.m. FS1).
After the five-game homestand, UConn will travel to Portland, Oregon to compete in the Phil Knight Invitational over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Less than 45 hours before Sunday’s tip, UConn completed an 86-50 triumph over UNC Wilmington at the Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. The Huskies broke out in the final minutes of the first half and early in the second half at 10:00 a.m. to run away from UNCW and claim the win.
Perhaps more importantly, however, the game saw the return of two key injured players for the Huskies.
Sophomore Jordan Hawkins, sidelined with a concussion since his bad fall in the first half of the season opener on Nov. 7, was back on the starting lineup and responded with a career-high 20 points, including a career-high 5 three. Pointer.
Junior co-captain Andre Jackson Jr., who has been out since his broken right pinky last preseason, came off the bench and played just under 20 minutes, scoring 2 points, grabbing 3 rebounds, dishing out 5 assists and dishing out providing the lead and the high energy that UConn Coach offers Dan Hurley searched.
“Andre may be the best leader I’ve ever seen as a player and coach, and I’m not sure he’s close,” Hurley said. “He’s just wild, man. He turned the whole game and only took two shots.”
Junior Adama Sanogo still leads the Huskies in scoring (20.3), rebounds (8.0) and field goal percentage (.653). Sanogo also shoots .500 from three-point range and .875 from the foul line. The Huskies also score double digits from senior Tristen Newton (12.5), redshirt freshman Alex Karaban (11.3) and Hawkins (10.0).
As a team, UConn shoots a total of .498, .344 from three-point land, and .722 from the foul line. The Huskies are averaging 85.3 points per game and allowing just 56.3 while outperforming their opponents at 12.3 rebounds per game.
Delaware State (1-3), of the Mid-Eastern American Conference, defeated Immaculata College and lost games at Virginia Tech, Villanova and Columbia.
The Hornets are led in scoring (15.8) and rebound (7.8) by 6-11 Brandon Stone. Sophomore guard Khyrie Staten is also averaging in double digits (15.5), while junior guard Martaz Robinson is the top-performing assist handout (4.0).
Sunday’s game will be the second half of a UConn twinbill at the XL Center, with the UConn women playing North Carolina State at 1 p.m
After Sunday’s games, both the men’s and women’s teams travel to Portland on Tuesday. While the men’s team plays in the Phil Knight Invitational on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, the women’s team plays in the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament on Friday and Sunday.