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Adams, Vital lead UConn over UMass Lowell 97-75

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn cruised past another mid-major opponent, but with an effort that did not please coach Dan Hurley.

Jalen Adams and Christian Vital each scored 19 points and the Huskies beat UMass Lowell 97-75 on Tuesday night.

Alterique Gilbert and Josh Carlton added 15 points each for UConn (6-1), which won its third straight, all home wins over lesser competition.

Obadiah Noel had 20 points for UMass Lowell (4-5), which was able to cut a 23-point Husky lead to 10 by halftime.

Vital had 17 points in the first half, hitting six of his first eight shots, including four 3-pointers. The Huskies built a 32-9 lead after a short jumper by Kassoum Yakwe, before Lowell began chipping away.

A turnover by Vital led to a layup by Allin Blunt at the other end capped a 10-2 run that cut the deficit to 42-32. It was 44-34 at the half.

Hurley said it was apparent the Huskies lost the appropriate respect for their opponent and with it, the team's focus.

''We start getting out of position a foot, two feet,'' he said. ''Our rotations, our closeouts get sloppy. We lose our integrity and we just become irresponsible. That's just a sign of a team that's not used to winning.''

The Huskies refocused after intermission.

Adam's pushed the lead to 13 on a traditional 3-point play to open the second half. A 3-pointer by Gilbert made it 75-53 with just under 10 minutes left and UConn cruised to the finish.

''We're supposed to be winning these games,'' said Vital. ''You come to UConn, you don't expect to lose that much. We're winning now, so we just need to keep it up.''

BIG PICTURE

UConn: Sidney Wilson made his long-awaited debut for the Huskies with just under nine minutes left in the game. The 6-foot-7 forward transferred from St. John's after spending just part the summer of 2017 at the New York school. The NCAA denied his waiver request, forcing him to sit out last season. UConn suspended him for the start of this season for an unspecified violation of university policy that occurred last year. He had three rebounds, a turnover and missed a dunk in just under five minutes on the floor.

''It was Sid's first seconds in college basketball, first minutes in college basketball,'' Vital said. ''Once he starts understanding and gets his feel back for playing in games, you all are going to see a Sid you haven't seen before, I promise you that,'' Vital said.

UMass Lowell: The River Hawks were held seven points and five rebounds below their season averages. They also turned the ball over 19 times, leading to 24 UConn points.

''We fought back a couple of times,'' said coach Pat Duquette. ''They're just able to extend the lead so quickly and so easily.''

DEFENSIVE STRUGGLES

UMass Lowell hit just two of its first 11 shots, but finished shooting 49 percent from the floor, including 10 of 24 from 3-point range.

''In the end, I just thought it was a dreadful defensive performance,'' Hurley said. ''If we don't get better at that end quickly, we're going to be in deep trouble beginning on Sunday, if we guard at that level.''

THE DOWN LOW

Carlton has now had three games this season of 15 points or better for the Huskies. UConn's big man also had seven rebounds and three blocked shots on Tuesday. The Huskies outscored Lowell 54-24 in the paint and outrebounded the River Hawks 40-32.

''Having games like this really helps my confidence,'' Carlton said. ''I think we can keep this going.''

UP NEXT

UConn: The Huskies host Arizona in what coach Hurley calls a high-leverage game on Sunday at the XL Center in Hartford.

UMass Lowell: The River Hawks host NJIT on Saturday at the Tsongas Center.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Connecticut  
19:50   Traveling violation turnover on Tyler Polley  
19:33   Christian Lutete missed jump shot, blocked by Josh Carlton  
19:31   Defensive rebound by Alterique Gilbert  
19:27 +2 Christian Vital made layup, assist by Alterique Gilbert 0-2
19:27   Personal foul on Ryan Jones  
19:27 +1 Christian Vital made free throw 0-3
19:08   Darius Henderson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:06   Defensive rebound by Jalen Adams  
18:52 +2 Josh Carlton made hook shot 0-5
18:48   Personal foul on Alterique Gilbert  
18:38   Bad pass turnover on Darius Henderson  
18:25   Traveling violation turnover on Josh Carlton  
18:11   Personal foul on Jalen Adams  
17:54 +2 Darius Henderson made layup, assist by Josh Gantz 2-5
17:35   Jalen Adams missed jump shot  
17:33   Offensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
17:33   Shooting foul on Ryan Jones  
17:33 +1 Josh Carlton made 1st of 2 free throws 2-6
17:33 +1 Josh Carlton made 2nd of 2 free throws 2-7
17:25 +2 Josh Gantz made layup 4-7
17:10   Christian Vital missed jump shot  
17:08   Defensive rebound by Josh Gantz  
17:01   Christian Lutete missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:59   Offensive rebound by Obadiah Noel  
16:52   Obadiah Noel missed layup  
16:50   Offensive rebound by Bryce Daley  
16:31   Josh Gantz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:29   Defensive rebound by Jalen Adams  
16:22 +3 Alterique Gilbert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Christian Vital 4-10
15:59   Darius Henderson missed jump shot  
15:57   Defensive rebound by Christian Vital  
15:49   Christian Vital missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:47   Offensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
15:40   Josh Carlton missed layup, blocked by Christian Lutete  
15:40   Defensive rebound by Josh Gantz  
15:40   Bad pass turnover on Obadiah Noel  
15:09   Alterique Gilbert missed jump shot  
15:07   Offensive rebound by Jalen Adams  
15:01 +2 Jalen Adams made layup 4-12
14:47   Alex Rivera missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:45   Defensive rebound by Alterique Gilbert  
14:41 +2 Christian Vital made layup, assist by Alterique Gilbert 4-14
14:19   Josh Gantz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:17   Defensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
14:12   Jalen Adams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:10   Offensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
14:10   Personal foul on Christian Lutete  
13:58   Shooting foul on Obadiah Noel  
13:58 +1 Jalen Adams made 1st of 2 free throws 4-15
13:58 +1 Jalen Adams made 2nd of 2 free throws 4-16
13:49   Shooting foul on Jalen Adams  
13:49 +1 Allin Blunt made 1st of 2 free throws 5-16
13:49 +1 Allin Blunt made 2nd of 2 free throws 6-16
13:27   Tyler Polley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:25   Defensive rebound by UMass Lowell  
13:26   Personal foul on Eric Cobb  
13:17   Connor Bennett missed layup  
13:15   Defensive rebound by Eric Cobb  
13:15   Personal foul on Connor Bennett  
12:55   Personal foul on Obadiah Noel  
12:43 +3 Christian Vital made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Eric Cobb 6-19
12:19   Lost ball turnover on Allin Blunt, stolen by Tarin Smith  
12:10 +2 Eric Cobb made layup, assist by Tarin Smith 6-21
11:56   Personal foul on Brendan Adams  
11:42 +3 Christian Lutete made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bryce Daley 9-21
11:11 +3 Christian Vital made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tyler Polley 9-24
10:48   Allin Blunt missed jump shot  
10:46   Defensive rebound by Alterique Gilbert  
10:38   Tyler Polley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:36   Defensive rebound by UMass Lowell  
10:20   Offensive foul on Bryce Daley  
10:20   Turnover on Bryce Daley  
10:09 +3 Christian Vital made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tyler Polley 9-27
9:37   Bryce Daley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:35   Defensive rebound by Alterique Gilbert  
9:27 +3 Christian Vital made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alterique Gilbert 9-30
9:11   Bad pass turnover on Bryce Daley  
8:54 +2 Kassoum Yakwe made hook shot 9-32
8:37   Lost ball turnover on Christian Lutete, stolen by Tarin Smith  
8:30   Tyler Polley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:28   Defensive rebound by Christian Lutete  
8:14 +3 Alex Rivera made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Connor Bennett 12-32
7:59 +2 Alterique Gilbert made floating jump shot, assist by Kassoum Yakwe 12-34
7:37 +3 Christian Lutete made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bryce Daley 15-34
7:24 +2 Kassoum Yakwe made layup, assist by Alterique Gilbert 15-36
7:05   Shooting foul on Christian Vital  
7:03   Connor Bennett missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:03   Connor Bennett missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:03   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Whaley  
6:39   Brendan Adams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:37   Defensive rebound by Bryce Daley  
6:26 +2 Christian Lutete made reverse layup, assist by Josh Gantz 17-36
6:11   Tarin Smith missed layup  
6:09   Defensive rebound by Bryce Daley  
5:57   Connor Bennett missed jump shot, blocked by Kassoum Yakwe  
5:55   Offensive rebound by UMass Lowell  
5:53   Shooting foul on Isaiah Whaley  
5:53 +1 Josh Gantz made 1st of 2 free throws 18-36
5:53 +1 Josh Gantz made 2nd of 2 free throws 19-36
5:32   Tarin Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:30   Offensive rebound by Kassoum Yakwe  
5:20   Kassoum Yakwe missed tip-in  
5:18   Offensive rebound by Kassoum Yakwe  
5:11   Kassoum Yakwe missed jump shot  
5:11   Offensive rebound by Tarin Smith  
5:11   Tarin Smith missed jump shot, blocked by Obadiah Noel  
5:11   Defensive rebound by Allin Blunt  
5:11 +3 Josh Gantz made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bryce Daley 22-36
4:45 +2 Jalen Adams made jump shot 22-38
4:36   Traveling violation turnover on Josh Gantz  
4:16   Tarin Smith missed jump shot  
4:14   Defensive rebound by Alex Rivera  
4:07   Shooting foul on Christian Vital  
4:07   Allin Blunt missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:07   Allin Blunt missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:07   Defensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
3:58 +2 Alterique Gilbert made layup 22-40
3:50   Allin Blunt missed layup  
3:48   Defensive rebound by Tarin Smith  
3:43   Alterique Gilbert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:41   Defensive rebound by Bryce Daley  
3:36 +2 Obadiah Noel made layup, assist by Christian Lutete 24-40
3:18   Shooting foul on Josh Gantz  
3:18 +1 Alterique Gilbert made 1st of 2 free throws 24-41
3:18 +1 Alterique Gilbert made 2nd of 2 free throws 24-42
3:14   Personal foul on Alterique Gilbert  
3:14 +1 Bryce Daley made 1st of 2 free throws 25-42
3:14 +1 Bryce Daley made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-42
2:46   Lost ball turnover on Tarin Smith, stolen by Allin Blunt  
2:41 +2 Obadiah Noel made layup, assist by Allin Blunt 28-42
2:24   Lost ball turnover on Jalen Adams, stolen by Bryce Daley  
2:24   Personal foul on Jalen Adams  
2:24 +1 Bryce Daley made 1st of 2 free throws 29-42
2:24 +1 Bryce Daley made 2nd of 2 free throws 30-42
2:03   Double dribble turnover on Christian Vital  
1:49 +2 Allin Blunt made layup 32-42
1:28   Personal foul on Obadiah Noel  
1:28 +1 Josh Carlton made 1st of 2 free throws 32-43
1:28 +1 Josh Carlton made 2nd of 2 free throws 32-44
1:10   Allin Blunt missed layup, blocked by Josh Carlton  
1:08   Offensive rebound by UMass Lowell  
1:04 +2 Christian Lutete made jump shot, assist by Bryce Daley 34-44
50.0   Tarin Smith missed layup  
48.0   Defensive rebound by UMass Lowell  
28.0   Christian Lutete missed layup, blocked by Josh Carlton  
26.0   Defensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
5.0   Christian Vital missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3.0   Defensive rebound by Josh Gantz  
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:44   Personal foul on Darius Henderson  
19:41 +2 Jalen Adams made jump shot, assist by Christian Vital 34-46
19:41   Shooting foul on Ryan Jones  
19:41 +1 Jalen Adams made free throw 34-47
19:27 +2 Obadiah Noel made layup 36-47
19:15   Josh Carlton missed layup  
19:13   Offensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
19:11   Josh Carlton missed tip-in  
19:07   Offensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
19:07 +2 Josh Carlton made tip-in 36-49
19:07   Lost ball turnover on Obadiah Noel  
18:50 +2 Jalen Adams made layup 36-51
18:35   Out of bounds turnover on Josh Gantz  
18:16   Personal foul on Christian Lutete  
18:04 +2 Josh Carlton made dunk, assist by Christian Vital 36-53
17:30 +3 Josh Gantz made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ryan Jones 39-53
17:13 +2 Christian Vital made layup, assist by Jalen Adams 39-55
16:53   Josh Gantz missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:51   Offensive rebound by UMass Lowell  
16:51   Personal foul on Josh Carlton  
16:42 +3 Obadiah Noel made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ryan Jones 42-55
16:31 +3 Tyler Polley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jalen Adams 42-58
16:09   Bad pass turnover on Obadiah Noel, stolen by Jalen Adams  
16:05 +2 Jalen Adams made layup 42-60
16:05   Shooting foul on Allin Blunt  
16:05   Jalen Adams missed free throw  
16:05   Defensive rebound by Christian Lutete  
15:55   Lost ball turnover on Josh Gantz, stolen by Christian Vital  
15:33   Jalen Adams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:31   Defensive rebound by Allin Blunt  
15:15 +2 Allin Blunt made jump shot 44-60
14:57   Shooting foul on Josh Gantz  
14:57 +1 Josh Carlton made 1st of 2 free throws 44-61
14:57 +1 Josh Carlton made 2nd of 2 free throws 44-62
14:37   Bad pass turnover on Allin Blunt, stolen by Christian Vital  
14:19   Eric Cobb missed hook shot  
14:17   Defensive rebound by Christian Lutete  
14:11   Lost ball turnover on Bryce Daley, stolen by Tarin Smith  
14:05   Tarin Smith missed layup, blocked by Josh Gantz  
14:03   Defensive rebound by Christian Lutete  
13:52   Alex Rivera missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:50   Defensive rebound by Christian Vital  
13:50   Personal foul on Allin Blunt  
13:29   Alterique Gilbert missed layup  
13:27   Defensive rebound by Christian Lutete  
13:25   Lost ball turnover on Bryce Daley, stolen by Christian Vital  
13:25   Out of bounds turnover on Christian Vital  
13:08   Allin Blunt missed floating jump shot  
13:06   Defensive rebound by Tyler Polley  
12:54   Christian Vital missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:52   Offensive rebound by Connecticut  
12:52   Personal foul on Bryce Daley  
12:52 +1 Tarin Smith made 1st of 2 free throws 44-63
12:52   Tarin Smith missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
12:52   Defensive rebound by Obadiah Noel  
12:52   Personal foul on Tarin Smith  
12:47   Personal foul on Tarin Smith  
12:30 +2 Obadiah Noel made layup 46-63
12:17   Brendan Adams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:15   Offensive rebound by Eric Cobb  
12:12   Lost ball turnover on Eric Cobb, stolen by Obadiah Noel  
12:10   Personal foul on Tarin Smith  
11:59   Shooting foul on Kassoum Yakwe  
11:59   Allin Blunt missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:59 +1 Allin Blunt made 2nd of 2 free throws 47-63
11:38   Jalen Adams missed jump shot  
11:36   Defensive rebound by Bryce Daley  
11:31   Bryce Daley missed layup  
11:29   Defensive rebound by Kassoum Yakwe  
11:10 +2 Brendan Adams made dunk 47-65
11:01 +3 Alex Rivera made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bryce Daley 50-65
10:48   Lost ball turnover on Jalen Adams, stolen by Obadiah Noel  
10:40   Lost ball turnover on Bryce Daley, stolen by Jalen Adams  
10:38 +2 Jalen Adams made layup 50-67
10:29 +3 Alex Rivera made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Bryce Daley 53-67
10:11 +3 Alterique Gilbert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tarin Smith 53-70
10:00   Lost ball turnover on Bryce Daley, stolen by Alterique Gilbert  
9:54 +2 Kassoum Yakwe made layup, assist by Alterique Gilbert 53-72
9:54   Shooting foul on Josh Gantz  
9:54   Kassoum Yakwe missed free throw  
9:54   Defensive rebound by Bryce Daley  
9:50   Shooting foul on Kassoum Yakwe  
9:50   Christian Lutete missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:50   Christian Lutete missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:50   Defensive rebound by Christian Vital  
9:35 +3 Alterique Gilbert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tyler Polley 53-75
9:19   Lost ball turnover on Josh Gantz, stolen by Jalen Adams  
9:12 +2 Jalen Adams made dunk 53-77
9:05 +2 Obadiah Noel made layup 55-77
8:58   Bad pass turnover on Alterique Gilbert  
8:45 +2 Alex Rivera made jump shot 57-77
8:22   Lost ball turnover on Sidney Wilson  
8:05   Alex Rivera missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Tarin Smith  
8:03   Defensive rebound by Christian Vital  
7:45   Christian Vital missed jump shot  
7:43   Offensive rebound by Sidney Wilson  
7:40   Sidney Wilson missed dunk  
7:40   Defensive rebound by Obadiah Noel  
7:40 +2 Obadiah Noel made layup 59-77
7:13 +2 Tyler Polley made finger-roll layup 59-79
7:03