STORRS, Conn. (AP) Josh Carlton scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half to help UConn break open what had been a close game and beat Sacred Heart 89-67 on Friday night.
Christian Vital added 15 of his 17 points after intermission for UConn, which won its season opener for third straight year and 19th time in 20 seasons.
Carlton opened the second half with four straight baskets in the paint, part of a 14-2 run that turned a three-point halftime lead into a 54-39 advantage. Vital capped the run with a pair of 3-pointers that put the Huskies in control.
Brendan Adams, who finished with 15 points, gave the Huskies a 21-point lead at 64-43 with a 3-pointer from the left wing.
Sacred Heart scored 15 of the next 20 points, cutting the lead to 69-58 on a layup by Spellman.
But after a timeout, the Huskies scored the next 12 points to put the Pioneers away. >> Read more
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