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UConn beats Iona 80-62 for third straight win

STORRS, Conn. (AP) Josh Carlton isn't the most demonstrative of players.

So after UConn's 6-foot-8 post made a particularly strong move to the basket Wednesday night, it was his coach who jumped off the bench and flexed in front of the team.

Carlton scored 19 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, both season highs to lead UConn over Iona 80-62. He also blocked four shots and drew six fouls going hard to the rim.

''I just want him to believe in himself; I want him to see me doing that (flexing) in his direction and let him see that I believe in him and that I think he's a beast,'' coach Dan Hurley said.

Christian Vital added 16 points and Tyler Polley scored 14 for the Huskies (6-2), who have won three straight and five of their last six.

Alterique Gilbert had a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. That trio of guards combined to hit eight of their 15 attempts from 3-point range.

''It's just when everybody is doing what they do well is when we fire on all cylinders - Ty hitting 3s; CV hitting 3s; Alterique getting into the paint and dishing it out to shooters; Akok blocking shots,'' Carlton said.

E.J. Crawford scored 17 points and Tajuan Agee had 14 for Iona (2-3). All but four of their points came in the first half.

''I thought in the second half we didn't quite move the ball like we needed to get open shots,'' acting coach Tra Arnold said.

UConn led by just one point at halftime, but scored the first 11 points of the second half. Polley's 3-pointer from the left wing put the Huskies up 47-35 and forced Arnold to call a timeout.

Akok Akok's put-back capped the UConn run at 22-4. That gave the Huskies a 58-39 lead and control of the game.

Iona went on a 13-1 run of its own and cut what had been a 22-point deficit to 10 before UConn stretched it back out.

''As time goes by in your program, as you recruit players in and as players who were already in the program start to believe in your vision then you are just a lot more together and you can withstand bad stretches and respond,'' Hurley said.

The Huskies opened strong. Vital scored on UConn's first possession and had seven points as the Huskies jumped out to an 11-2 lead.

Connecticut used an unusual 5-point play to go up 20-11. Gilbert drew a foul while sinking a long 3-pointer from the right wing. He missed the free throw, but Isaiah Whaley was there to tip it into the basket.

The Huskies led 22-11, before Agee led the Gaels on an 12-0 run to take their first lead on a three-point play by Crawford.

UConn led 36-35 at the break.

BIG PICTURE

Iona: Iona had not played a game since November 23 and won't play again until December 17. The Gaels remain without head coach Tim Cluess, who also has been dealing with an undisclosed medical condition.

''He's good spirited right now; I think he'll be back soon,'' Arnold said.

UConn: The Huskies were back to a 10-man rotation on Wednesday with the return of swingman Sid Wilson from a knee injury. Wilson played 81/2 minutes, scoring two points and pulling down three rebounds.

KEY STATS

UConn shot 47% from the field and had 18 assists on its 30 made field goals. Iona shot 40.7%, but hit just four of 19 shots from 3-point range.

HUNTER RETURNS

UConn assistant coach Kenya Hunter returned to the bench for the first time this season after battling an undisclosed health problem.

UP NEXT

Iona: The Gaels host Princeton on Dec. 17.

UConn: The Huskies travel to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday to face Indiana in the Jimmy V Classic

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1st Half

Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Iona  
19:31   Isaiah Washington missed jump shot  
19:29   Defensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
19:00 +2 Christian Vital made layup 0-2
18:39   Tajuan Agee missed jump shot  
18:37   Defensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
18:20   Personal foul on Asante Gist  
18:08   Josh Carlton missed hook shot  
18:06   Offensive rebound by Alterique Gilbert  
17:51 +2 Tyler Polley made jump shot, assist by Alterique Gilbert 0-4
17:42   Tajuan Agee missed jump shot, blocked by Josh Carlton  
17:40   Defensive rebound by Christian Vital  
17:33 +2 Christian Vital made dunk 0-6
17:12   Isaiah Washington missed jump shot  
17:10   Offensive rebound by Isaiah Washington  
17:10   Isaiah Washington missed layup, blocked by Christian Vital  
17:08   Offensive rebound by Iona  
16:59 +2 Tajuan Agee made layup 2-6
16:40   Josh Carlton missed layup  
16:38   Offensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
16:34 +2 Josh Carlton made tip-in 2-8
16:25   Isaiah Washington missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:23   Defensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
16:10 +3 Christian Vital made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alterique Gilbert 2-11
15:46 +2 Tajuan Agee made hook shot 4-11
15:19   Bad pass turnover on Akok Akok  
14:52 +2 E.J. Crawford made layup 6-11
14:27 +2 Josh Carlton made layup, assist by Akok Akok 6-13
14:07   Asante Gist missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:05   Defensive rebound by Akok Akok  
14:00 +2 Christian Vital made layup, assist by Brendan Adams 6-15
13:36 +2 E.J. Crawford made jump shot 8-15
13:36   Shooting foul on Brendan Adams  
13:36 +1 E.J. Crawford made free throw 9-15
13:13   Brendan Adams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:11   Defensive rebound by Tajuan Agee  
13:00   Isaiah Ross missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:58   Offensive rebound by Iona  
12:51 +2 Tajuan Agee made jump shot, assist by Asante Gist 11-15
12:23 +3 Alterique Gilbert made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by James Bouknight 11-18
12:23   Shooting foul on Isaiah Ross  
12:23   Alterique Gilbert missed free throw  
12:23   Offensive rebound by Isaiah Whaley  
12:20 +2 Isaiah Whaley made dunk 11-20
11:56   Lost ball turnover on Tajuan Agee, stolen by Sidney Wilson  
11:46 +2 Isaiah Whaley made jump shot, assist by Alterique Gilbert 11-22
11:11   Commercial timeout called  
10:41   Traveling violation turnover on Brendan Adams  
10:33   Personal foul on Jalen Gaffney  
10:15   Mo Thiam missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:13   Defensive rebound by Sidney Wilson  
9:59   Offensive foul on Sidney Wilson  
9:59   Turnover on Sidney Wilson  
9:44 +3 E.J. Crawford made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Asante Gist 16-22
9:12   Jalen Gaffney missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:10   Offensive rebound by James Bouknight  
9:04   Lost ball turnover on Brendan Adams, stolen by Tajuan Agee  
8:51   Personal foul on Sidney Wilson  
8:45   Shooting foul on Christian Vital  
8:45 +1 Tajuan Agee made 1st of 2 free throws 17-22
8:45 +1 Tajuan Agee made 2nd of 2 free throws 18-22
8:30   Isaiah Whaley missed jump shot  
8:28   Defensive rebound by Andrija Ristanovic  
8:15 +2 Tajuan Agee made layup 20-22
8:00   Christian Vital missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:58   Defensive rebound by Andrija Ristanovic  
7:42 +2 E.J. Crawford made layup 22-22
7:42   Shooting foul on Tyler Polley  
7:42 +1 E.J. Crawford made free throw 23-22
7:25 +2 Josh Carlton made layup, assist by Alterique Gilbert 23-24
6:51 +2 Asante Gist made layup 25-24
6:30   Personal foul on Andrija Ristanovic  
6:21 +3 Christian Vital made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alterique Gilbert 25-27
6:04   E.J. Crawford missed layup  
6:02   Offensive rebound by E.J. Crawford  
5:58 +2 E.J. Crawford made dunk 27-27
5:52   Akok Akok missed dunk  
5:50   Defensive rebound by Tajuan Agee  
5:41   Tajuan Agee missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:39   Offensive rebound by Tajuan Agee  
5:38   Traveling violation turnover on Tajuan Agee  
5:24   Akok Akok missed layup  
5:22   Offensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
5:17 +2 Josh Carlton made dunk 27-29
4:55   Traveling violation turnover on Andrija Ristanovic  
4:36   Lost ball turnover on Josh Carlton, stolen by Isaiah Washington  
4:28   E.J. Crawford missed layup, blocked by Akok Akok  
4:26   Offensive rebound by Niksa Nikolic  
4:13   Asante Gist missed jump shot  
4:11   Defensive rebound by Akok Akok  
4:07 +2 Alterique Gilbert made jump shot 27-31
3:50 +3 Andrija Ristanovic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Isaiah Washington 30-31
3:36 +2 Josh Carlton made layup, assist by Alterique Gilbert 30-33
3:36   Shooting foul on Niksa Nikolic  
3:36 +1 Josh Carlton made free throw 30-34
3:20   Traveling violation turnover on Andrija Ristanovic  
3:07 +2 Josh Carlton made layup 30-36
3:07   Shooting foul on Dylan van Eyck  
3:07   Josh Carlton missed free throw  
3:07   Defensive rebound by Dylan van Eyck  
2:40   Dylan van Eyck missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:38   Offensive rebound by Isaiah Washington  
2:29 +2 Isaiah Washington made jump shot 32-36
2:20   Personal foul on Tajuan Agee  
2:08   Traveling violation turnover on Christian Vital  
1:54   Shooting foul on Alterique Gilbert  
1:54   Asante Gist missed 1st of 2 free throws  
1:54 +1 Asante Gist made 2nd of 2 free throws 33-36
1:24   Alterique Gilbert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:22   Offensive rebound by Connecticut  
1:22   Shot clock violation turnover on Connecticut  
59.0 +2 E.J. Crawford made layup, assist by Tajuan Agee 35-36
40.0   James Bouknight missed layup  
38.0   Defensive rebound by E.J. Crawford  
16.0   Tajuan Agee missed layup, blocked by Josh Carlton  
14.0   Defensive rebound by Christian Vital  
2.0   Christian Vital missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0.0   Defensive rebound by Iona  
0.0   End of period  

2nd Half

Time Team Play Score
19:45 +2 Akok Akok made dunk, assist by Alterique Gilbert 35-38
19:25   Isaiah Washington missed layup  
19:23   Defensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
19:12   Shooting foul on Tajuan Agee  
19:12 +1 Tyler Polley made 1st of 2 free throws 35-39
19:12   Tyler Polley missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
19:12   Defensive rebound by Tajuan Agee  
18:57   Personal foul on Josh Carlton  
18:53   Tajuan Agee missed layup, blocked by Josh Carlton  
18:51   Defensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
18:46 +2 Akok Akok made layup, assist by Alterique Gilbert 35-41
18:42   Bad pass turnover on Isaiah Washington  
18:31 +3 Tyler Polley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Carlton 35-44
18:06   Offensive foul on Asante Gist  
18:06   Turnover on Asante Gist  
17:54   Lost ball turnover on Christian Vital, stolen by Tajuan Agee  
17:44   Asante Gist missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:42   Defensive rebound by Christian Vital  
17:37 +3 Tyler Polley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Akok Akok 35-47
17:14 +2 Isaiah Washington made layup 37-47
16:56   Tyler Polley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:54   Offensive rebound by Tyler Polley  
16:50 +2 Josh Carlton made layup, assist by Tyler Polley 37-49
16:50   Shooting foul on Niksa Nikolic  
16:50 +1 Josh Carlton made free throw 37-50
16:33   Andrija Ristanovic missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:31   Defensive rebound by Alterique Gilbert  
16:25 +3 Tyler Polley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alterique Gilbert 37-53
15:55   Out of bounds turnover on E.J. Crawford  
15:33   Shooting foul on Isaiah Ross  
15:33   Alterique Gilbert missed 1st of 2 free throws  
15:33 +1 Alterique Gilbert made 2nd of 2 free throws 37-54
15:21 +2 Isaiah Washington made layup 39-54
14:54   Akok Akok missed jump shot  
14:52   Offensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
14:52 +2 Josh Carlton made dunk 39-56
14:52   Shooting foul on Tajuan Agee  
14:52   Josh Carlton missed free throw  
14:52   Offensive rebound by Connecticut  
14:48   Akok Akok missed layup, blocked by Isaiah Washington  
14:46   Offensive rebound by Connecticut  
14:36   Alterique Gilbert missed layup  
14:34   Offensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
14:30   Josh Carlton missed layup  
14:28   Defensive rebound by Tajuan Agee  
14:22   Lost ball turnover on Tajuan Agee, stolen by Akok Akok  
14:12   Lost ball turnover on Josh Carlton, stolen by E.J. Crawford  
14:12   E.J. Crawford missed layup, blocked by Akok Akok  
14:10   Defensive rebound by Alterique Gilbert  
14:10   Josh Carlton missed layup  
14:08   Offensive rebound by Akok Akok  
14:08   Akok Akok missed layup  
14:06   Offensive rebound by Akok Akok  
14:06 +2 Akok Akok made layup 39-58
14:00   Shooting foul on Alterique Gilbert  
14:00 +1 Isaiah Washington made 1st of 2 free throws 40-58
14:00 +1 Isaiah Washington made 2nd of 2 free throws 41-58
13:43 +3 Alterique Gilbert made 3-pt. jump shot 41-61
13:20   Isaiah Washington missed jump shot  
13:18   Defensive rebound by Alterique Gilbert  
13:09   Tyler Polley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:07   Offensive rebound by Josh Carlton  
12:53   Alterique Gilbert missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:51   Defensive rebound by Isaiah Washington  
12:40   Tajuan Agee missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:38   Defensive rebound by Alterique Gilbert  
12:29   Akok Akok missed layup  
12:27   Defensive rebound by Tajuan Agee  
12:14   Bad pass turnover on Asante Gist  
12:09   Lost ball turnover on Alterique Gilbert, stolen by Tajuan Agee  
12:03   Bad pass turnover on Tajuan Agee, stolen by Alterique Gilbert  
11:54 +2 Sidney Wilson made dunk, assist by James Bouknight 41-63
11:32   Out of bounds turnover on E.J. Crawford  
11:09   Lost ball turnover on Jalen Gaffney, stolen by Tajuan Agee  
11:02 +2 E.J. Crawford made layup, assist by Tajuan Agee 43-63
10:44   Brendan Adams missed layup  
10:42   Defensive rebound by E.J. Crawford  
10:30   Personal foul on James Bouknight  
10:16   Personal foul on Isaiah Whaley  
10:12   Lost ball turnover on Tajuan Agee, stolen by Sidney Wilson  
9:59   Bad pass turnover on Sidney Wilson, stolen by Isaiah Ross  
9:56   E.J. Crawford missed layup  
9:54   Offensive rebound by E.J. Crawford  
9:56   E.J. Crawford missed layup  
9:54   Offensive rebound by Mo Thiam  
9:54 +2 Mo Thiam made layup 45-63
9:54   Shooting foul on Sidney Wilson  
9:54   Mo Thiam missed free throw  
9:54   Defensive rebound by Christian Vital  
9:25   Christian Vital missed jump shot  
9:23   Defensive rebound by Mo Thiam  
9:11 +3 Asante Gist made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by E.J. Crawford 48-63
8:46   Alterique Gilbert missed jump shot  
8:44   Offensive rebound by Christian Vital  
8:38