Connecticut’s first run within the High 25 since 2016-17 lasted simply two weeks after consecutive losses this previous week to St. John’s and No. 11 Creighton.
On Tuesday, although, the Huskies can get again within the win column when Butler travels to Storrs, Conn., in the hunt for a 3rd consecutive victory.
Connecticut coach Dan Hurley was not joyful together with his group’s effort in Monday’s 74-70 house loss to St. John’s. He was a lot happier with the hassle Saturday in opposition to No. 11 Creighton, however the Huskies (7-3, 4-Three Massive East) let the sport get away late in a 74-66 defeat.
Creighton used a 14-2 run to take a 62-50 lead with 6:30 left, and the Huskies did not minimize the deficit beneath six factors the remainder of the way in which.
UConn shot 36.5 p.c from the ground, feeling the influence of enjoying with out main scorer James Bouknight (20.Three factors per sport) for a fourth consecutive contest. Creighton shot 51.1 p.c from the ground, however UConn owned an 18-5 benefit on the offensive boards to hold round.
“I assumed we had been more durable and battled, I assumed we gave a reasonably good effort for probably the most half,” Hurley stated. “We performed laborious, it is not the identical storyline because the St. John’s sport the place we simply obtained out-toughed.”
R.J. Cole scored 14 factors and added 5 assists for the Huskies, whereas freshman Adama Sanogo contributed 13 factors.
Cole, the third-leading scorer behind Bouknight and Tyrese Martin (11.0) at 10.9 factors per sport, has averaged 14.6 factors up to now three video games to assist decide up the slack. Sanogo has scored a mixed 25 factors over the past two video games — the primary two double-figure scoring video games of his profession.
Butler (5-7, 4-5) had dropped 4 of 5 video games earlier than rallying from a 13-point deficit with lower than eight minutes remaining to dump Creighton 70-66 in additional time on Jan. 16.
The Bulldogs adopted that with a powerful 67-53 victory Tuesday at DePaul, leaping to a 35-12 lead late within the first half and limiting the Blue Demons to 33.3-percent capturing, together with solely 4-for-24 from behind the 3-point line.
Jair Bolden led the way in which with 21 factors and 5 3-pointers because the Bulldogs shot a season-best 50.Zero p.c from the sector. Bryce Nze pulled down 14 rebounds, matching his season-high, because the Bulldogs survived a season-high 18 turnovers.
“We have had a superb run of practices and I feel that play continues to hold over into video games,” Butler coach LaVall Jordan stated. “Profitable is not simple. We obtained sloppy late after popping out of the gates with actually good competitiveness.”
Bolden leads the group in scoring at 13.5 factors per sport, Aaron Thompson chips in 13.1 factors and a team-high 4.Three assists, whereas Nze contributes 9.Eight factors and a team-high 8.1 rebounds.
–Area Degree Media