HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Isaiah Whaley tied a career-high with 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to help UConn to an 81-65 win over UCF Wednesday in the American Athletic Conference.
Christian Vital also had 18 points and James Bouknight finished with 16 for the Huskies (16-12, 7-8 American Athletic Conference), who assured themselves of at least a .500 record for the first time in four seasons.
UConn led by just four points at halftime, but broke the game open with a 12-2 run early in the second half.
A Vital drive gave UConn its first double-digit lead at 53-42 and a second-chance dunk by Whaley put the Huskies up 60-43 lead midway through the second half.
A 3-pointer by UCF's Darin Green Jr. capped a 7-0 run that cut the deficit to 10 points before the Huskies stretched it out again.
Collin Smith had 17 points to lead UCF (14-13, 5-10), which had won three of its previous four games, including victories over AAC leaders Cincinnati and Tulsa. Ceasar DeJesus added 14 points for the Knights. >> Read more
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