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Adams scores 31 to lead UConn to 87-71 win over Tulane

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn hasn't had many comfortable wins in conference play over the past two seasons, but the Huskies showed Saturday they can dominate when they are clicking.

Jalen Adams scored a season-high 31 points and UConn beat Tulane 87-71. Josh Carlton and Christian Vital each added 18 points for the Huskies (11-8, 2-4 American Athletic Conference), who snapped a two-game losing skid.

''This is a challenging program, it's a program that is used to winning,'' said Vital, who reached 1,000 points for his career with a 3-point shot in the first half. ''When we signed up to come here, we should have known what the responsibilities were coming to a program like this. I think guys are growing up and we're maturing and we're just starting to gel as a unit. Hopefully tonight was an indication of more things to come''

Caleb Daniels had 21 points for Tulane (4-13, 0-5) which has lost seven straight and eight of nine. Samir Sehic and Blake Paul each added 13 points for the Green Wave.

The Huskies never trailed, but were up just 44-41 before going on a 16-5 second-half run.

Adam's double-clutch shot in the lane after a turnover gave UConn a 21-point lead with just under five minutes to play, effectively putting the game out of reach.

''We just fixed our mindset and stopped worrying about offense,'' Adams said. ''We just directed our efforts to the defensive end and knew that was where we kind of have to take the challenge.''

Carlton opened the game with a layup and the Huskies ran out to a 9-2 lead. They built that to 14 before Tulane began chipping away.

A driving layup by Jordan Cornish cut the deficit to 35-30 and Tulane trailed 37-30 at halftime.

The Green Wave shot 49 percent from the floor, but was just 3 of 16 from 3-point range.

''We have to control the tempo of the game more and we've got to finish the opportunities we have,'' said Tulane coach Mike Dunleavy. ''Shot selection is paramount.''

The game was moved up several hours from a planned 7:30 p.m. start to avoid a winter storm that was forecast to move into the area.

THE BIG PICTURE

Tulane: The Green Wave has never beaten UConn, falling to 0-7 against the Huskies.

UConn: UConn needed some good news this week after announcing Thursday that its athletic division lost more than $40 million last year, including more than $5 million in men's basketball. On Friday, the school self-imposed sanctions on the program for NCAA violations under former coach Kevin Ollie. Those will include the loss of a scholarship next season. The NCAA has not said if it will impose other penalties.

''It's been a tough week,'' coach Dan Hurley said. ''There's been a lot swirling around. Eventually it'll be behind us and UConn will be back to doing what UConn does. It's just going to take us a little bit of time to get there.''

POLLEY WANT A BASKET

UConn 3-point specialist Tyler Polley went 0-3 from behind the arc and is now just 4-for-26 from 3-point range in conference play.

SOFT SID?

UConn forward Sidney Wilson did not play after sitting out the last two practices with a sore thumb and sprained ankle. Hurley said the injuries are not serious.

''If he doesn't play next Saturday, then dudes from the Bronx are soft,'' Hurley joked. ''He'll know that because I'm going to say it all week.''

MESSAGE RECEIVED

Hurley said when Tulane cut the lead to three points, his message to the Huskies was simple.

''Do you want to give yourselves a chance to have a season? We haven't had a chance to have a season here in some time, so are we really going to do this right now? Are we going to really lay down defensively like this? They took the message to heart and I thought we picked up our play.''

UP NEXT:

Tulane: The Green Wave return home to face UCF on Wednesday

UConn: The Huskies have a week off before another game at Gampel Pavilion next Saturday against Wichita State.

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Key Players
C. Daniels
J. Adams
30.6 Min. Per Game 30.6
17.4 Pts. Per Game 17.4
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
3.6 Reb. Per Game 3.6
46.6 Field Goal % 51.6
34.9 Three Point % 37.2
67.1 Free Throw % 83.6
  Defensive rebound by Alterique Gilbert 13.0
  Connor Crabtree missed 3-pt. jump shot 15.0
  Defensive rebound by Cameron Galic 24.0
  Tarin Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot 26.0
  Bad pass turnover on Jordan Cornish, stolen by Tarin Smith 46.0
+ 2 Josh Carlton made dunk, assist by Jalen Adams 51.0
+ 2 Kevin Zhang made jump shot 1:03
+ 3 Alterique Gilbert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tarin Smith 1:17
  Defensive rebound by Josh Carlton 1:30
  Blake Paul missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:30
+ 1 Blake Paul made 1st of 2 free throws 1:30
Team Stats
Points 71 87
Field Goals 30-61 (49.2%) 36-71 (50.7%)
3-Pointers 3-16 (18.8%) 9-25 (36.0%)
Free Throws 8-11 (72.7%) 6-7 (85.7%)
Total Rebounds 34 35
Offensive 5 5
Defensive 25 26
Team 4 4
Assists 19 14
Steals 5 9
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 14 8
Fouls 8 13
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST
31 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Tulane 4-13 304171
home team logo Connecticut 11-8 375087
Team Stats
away team logo Tulane 4-13 67.2 PPG 40.7 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo Connecticut 11-8 73.8 PPG 39.5 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
10
C. Daniels G 16.9 PPG 5.3 RPG 3.3 APG 44.5 FG%
4
J. Adams G 16.9 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.4 APG 48.7 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Daniels G 21 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
J. Adams G 31 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
49.2 FG% 50.7
18.8 3PT FG% 36.0
72.7 FT% 85.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Daniels 21 4 4 8/10 2/2 3/4 1 33 2 0 4 1 3
S. Sehic 13 6 2 5/12 0/5 3/3 1 27 1 1 1 1 5
J. Cornish 6 6 6 3/12 0/4 0/0 1 34 0 0 3 0 6
K. Zhang 5 1 1 2/8 1/3 0/0 0 23 0 0 1 0 1
C. Crabtree 2 2 0 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 20 0 0 2 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Daniels 21 4 4 8/10 2/2 3/4 1 33 2 0 4 1 3
S. Sehic 13 6 2 5/12 0/5 3/3 1 27 1 1 1 1 5
J. Cornish 6 6 6 3/12 0/4 0/0 1 34 0 0 3 0 6
K. Zhang 5 1 1 2/8 1/3 0/0 0 23 0 0 1 0 1
C. Crabtree 2 2 0 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 20 0 0 2 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Paul 13 6 3 6/7 0/0 1/2 1 26 0 1 0 2 4
M. Wood 9 3 1 4/4 0/0 1/2 2 25 2 2 0 0 3
S. Barrett 2 1 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 10 0 0 3 1 0
G. Quinn 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Galic 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
R. Ona Embo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Ajang - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Koka - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 30 19 30/61 3/16 8/11 8 200 5 4 14 5 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Adams 31 5 3 13/26 4/9 1/2 2 34 3 1 1 1 4
C. Vital 18 8 1 7/11 3/4 1/1 3 32 3 0 1 0 8
J. Carlton 18 8 1 9/10 0/0 0/0 3 32 1 1 3 2 6
A. Gilbert 12 3 3 5/9 2/5 0/0 2 32 0 1 1 0 3
T. Polley 2 0 2 1/5 0/3 0/0 1 26 0 2 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Adams 31 5 3 13/26 4/9 1/2 2 34 3 1 1 1 4
C. Vital 18 8 1 7/11 3/4 1/1 3 32 3 0 1 0 8
J. Carlton 18 8 1 9/10 0/0 0/0 3 32 1 1 3 2 6
A. Gilbert 12 3 3 5/9 2/5 0/0 2 32 0 1 1 0 3
T. Polley 2 0 2 1/5 0/3 0/0 1 26 0 2 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Adams 4 0 1 1/2 0/1 2/2 0 11 0 0 0 0 0
T. Smith 2 2 2 0/6 0/3 2/2 1 20 1 0 0 0 2
E. Cobb 0 4 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 8 0 0 1 1 3
I. Whaley 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 5 1 0 1 1 0
K. Yakwe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Diarra - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Aiyegbusi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Brocke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 87 31 14 36/71 9/25 6/7 13 200 9 5 8 5 26