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Arizona wins first true road game, 76-72 over UConn

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Arizona didn't make a basket over the final 6 1/2 minutes against UConn, but hit enough free throws to hold off the Huskies.

Brandon Randolph scored 20 points and Chase Jeter added 14 as Arizona won its first true road game of the season, 76-72 on Sunday in front of more than 14,600 fans in Hartford.

The only losses so far for the travel-weary Wildcats (6-2) came in Maui to top-ranked Gonzaga and No. 8 Auburn.

Arizona shot 46 percent from the floor, but just 38.5 percent in the second half. They made up for it at the line, making 19 of 22 foul shots in the game, including 12 of 13 down the stretch.

''It's not as easy just to go to the free-throw line on an away court and deliver,'' said coach Sean Miller. ''And it wasn't just one guy, it was numerous players.''

Arizona led for more than 36 minutes, but was up just 42-38 at the half.

The Wildcats extended that to eight points on a fast-break layup by Randolph with just over eight minutes to play.

But UConn chipped away, cutting the lead to two points several times in the final minutes, including at 74-72 on a driving layup by Jalen Adams with eight seconds remaining. But Arizona was able to inbound the ball and Brandon Williams sealed the game from the foul line.

''It just tells us that we can fight through adversity and stay together,'' said Randolph. ''We're going to make our shots eventually, but those free throws were big.''

Adams had 21 points to lead the Huskies (6-2). Eric Cobb added 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

''We were supposed to win this game,'' coach Dan Hurley said. ''Brandon Williams, Brandon Randolph and (Justin) Coleman had 32 points combined. We felt if we kept them under 35, they had no chance of winning. This was a mistake game. You've got to eliminate the mistakes.''

THE BIG PICTURE

Arizona: Sean Miller is now 8-0 against the Hurley brothers. He is 6-0 against Dan's brother Bob, who coaches Arizona State. He also beat Dan's Rhode Island team in 2013.

UConn: The Huskies could be getting some help in the frontcourt, though not this season. Prized recruit Akok Akok announced on Twitter that he has committed to the school, but told reporters during the game that there is still a chance he could declare for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-9 forward plans to enroll for the spring semester and join the basketball team as a walk-on. He is expected to practice with the team, but would not suit up for the Huskies until next season. UConn already has commitments from two highly rated guards for the Class of 2019, James Bouknight and Jalen Gaffney.

TURNOVER BATTLE

Arizona forced 19 UConn turnovers, many on charging fouls, while giving the ball away 14 times. The Wildcats have been improving in that department. They had 19 turnovers in their loss to Auburn, but just six last week against Georgia Southern.

FREQUENT FLYERS

Arizona has now made round-trips to Hawaii and Connecticut and next week will travel to Alabama. Jeter says it's given a young team, which had to replace five starters from a year ago, a chance to spend a lot of time together and bond.

''It's always about building chemistry,'' said Jeter. ''The more time we spend with each other, the closer we grow.''

UP NEXT

Arizona: The Wildcats head back home to face Utah Valley on Thursday before flying east again to face the Crimson Tide next Sunday.

UConn: The Huskies are back at the XL Center on Wednesday for a game against Lafayette.

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Key Players
B. Williams
A. Gilbert
28.1 Min. Per Game 28.1
13.1 Pts. Per Game 13.1
4.3 Ast. Per Game 4.3
4.0 Reb. Per Game 4.0
31.8 Field Goal % 40.5
22.6 Three Point % 42.9
87.2 Free Throw % 77.8
  Defensive rebound by Ryan Luther 0.0
  Jalen Adams missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Personal foul on Brandon Randolph 2.0
+ 1 Brandon Williams made 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
+ 1 Brandon Williams made 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on Sidney Wilson 4.0
+ 2 Jalen Adams made driving layup 8.0
+ 1 Brandon Randolph made 2nd of 2 free throws 13.0
+ 1 Brandon Randolph made 1st of 2 free throws 13.0
  Personal foul on Tarin Smith 13.0
+ 1 Jalen Adams made 2nd of 2 free throws 14.0
Team Stats
Points 76 72
Field Goals 27-59 (45.8%) 28-58 (48.3%)
3-Pointers 3-17 (17.6%) 8-24 (33.3%)
Free Throws 19-22 (86.4%) 8-13 (61.5%)
Total Rebounds 32 32
Offensive 8 6
Defensive 22 21
Team 2 5
Assists 12 12
Steals 6 4
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 13 18
Fouls 15 21
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
21 PTS, 5 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo Arizona 6-2 423476
home team logo Connecticut 6-2 383472
Team Stats
away team logo Arizona 6-2 72.2 PPG 38.1 RPG 12.8 APG
home team logo Connecticut 6-2 76.0 PPG 40.8 RPG 13.1 APG
Key Players
5
B. Randolph G 13.2 PPG 3.5 RPG 1.1 APG 38.2 FG%
4
J. Adams G 17.0 PPG 3.8 RPG 3.0 APG 49.7 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Randolph G 20 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
J. Adams G 21 PTS 5 REB 6 AST
45.8 FG% 48.3
17.6 3PT FG% 33.3
86.4 FT% 61.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Randolph 20 2 1 5/15 1/4 9/9 1 36 0 1 0 0 2
C. Jeter 14 7 0 6/9 0/0 2/4 5 25 1 1 2 1 6
J. Coleman 6 3 2 3/7 0/3 0/0 3 28 3 0 4 0 3
E. Akot 6 5 1 3/6 0/1 0/0 0 28 0 0 1 2 3
B. Williams 6 1 3 2/6 0/2 2/2 2 27 0 1 3 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Randolph 20 2 1 5/15 1/4 9/9 1 36 0 1 0 0 2
C. Jeter 14 7 0 6/9 0/0 2/4 5 25 1 1 2 1 6
J. Coleman 6 3 2 3/7 0/3 0/0 3 28 3 0 4 0 3
E. Akot 6 5 1 3/6 0/1 0/0 0 28 0 0 1 2 3
B. Williams 6 1 3 2/6 0/2 2/2 2 27 0 1 3 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Luther 10 4 1 3/7 0/2 4/5 2 20 0 0 0 2 2
D. Smith 10 5 2 3/6 2/5 2/2 0 21 1 0 1 1 4
A. Barcello 2 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
I. Lee 2 3 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 11 1 1 2 2 1
J. DesJardins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Weyand - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Spence - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Doutrive - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 30 12 27/59 3/17 19/22 15 200 6 4 13 8 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Adams 21 5 6 9/16 2/7 1/2 4 36 1 0 5 3 2
C. Vital 11 3 1 3/6 2/4 3/3 3 29 0 0 7 0 3
A. Gilbert 8 2 2 3/12 0/3 2/4 1 28 1 0 1 0 2
T. Polley 8 3 0 3/6 2/5 0/0 4 20 0 2 0 0 3
J. Carlton 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 15 1 1 2 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Adams 21 5 6 9/16 2/7 1/2 4 36 1 0 5 3 2
C. Vital 11 3 1 3/6 2/4 3/3 3 29 0 0 7 0 3
A. Gilbert 8 2 2 3/12 0/3 2/4 1 28 1 0 1 0 2
T. Polley 8 3 0 3/6 2/5 0/0 4 20 0 2 0 0 3
J. Carlton 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 15 1 1 2 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Cobb 12 10 0 6/8 0/0 0/1 1 23 0 1 1 3 7
S. Wilson 7 2 0 2/4 1/2 2/3 2 12 0 1 0 0 2
T. Smith 5 2 2 2/4 1/2 0/0 2 30 1 0 1 0 2
K. Yakwe 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0
B. Adams 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
M. Diarra - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Aiyegbusi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whaley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Brocke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 72 27 12 28/58 8/24 8/13 21 200 4 5 18 6 21