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No. 17 UConn holds off challenge from Maryland-Eastern Shore

Field Level Media
01 Dec 2021, 12:41 GMT+10

R.J. Cole led all scorers with 25 points to help No. 17 Connecticut fend off nonconference foe Maryland-Eastern Shore in a 72-63 win on Tuesday night in Hartford, Conn.

Tyler Polley scored 14 off the bench for Connecticut (7-1), which has won back-to-back games since taking its first loss of the season, a 64-60 setback against Michigan State at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Thursday.

Isaiah Whaley added eight points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots while Huskies leading scorer Adama Sanogo finished with eight points on 3-of-8 shooting. Connecticut shot 43.6 percent (24 of 55) from the field in the win.

Da'Shawn Phillip and Mike Mensah finished with 12 points apiece and Zion Styles chipped in 11 to lead Maryland-Eastern Shore (2-5), which took its third consecutive defeat.

No other player scored in double figures for the Hawks, who lost despite shooting 47.1 percent (24 of 51) from the floor.

Polley's 3-pointer with seven seconds remaining in the half gave the Huskies their biggest lead as Connecticut took a 39-31 edge into halftime.

Maryland-Eastern Shore opened the second half with a 10-3 push to pull within 42-41 on Phillip's 3-pointer with 16:40 remaining. Styles provided a highlight-reel dunk for the Hawks shortly after to pull the visitors within 44-43.

The Huskies regrouped and to open a double-digit lead at 62-51 with 8:10 to play after a pair of free throws by Cole.

The Hawks were within 66-62 with under three minutes left before Connecticut scored six straight at the foul line to put the game out of reach.

Donchevell Nugent's jumper at 12:19 of the opening period put Maryland-Eastern Shore ahead 15-14. Cole answered with a layup 14 seconds later to restore the Huskies' lead for good.

Connecticut is back in action on Saturday when it hosts nonconference opponent Grambling. Maryland-Eastern Shore visits Lehigh on Saturday.

--Field Level Media

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