UConn bounces back from loss with 91-74 win over Cornell
HARTFORD — Jalen Adams had 21 points to lead five UConn players in double figures as the Huskies pulled away from Cornell for a 91-74 win on Tuesday night.
Christian Vital added 19 points for the Huskies (4-1), one of four UConn guards to score at least 10 points.
Matt Morgan, who came in averaging 25 points, had 26 to lead Cornell (3-3).
The Big Red had little trouble breaking UConn’s full-court man-to-man press and got inside early. They were outscoring the Huskies 12-6 in the paint midway through the first half and a layup by Morgan made it 23-20 Cornell.
But UConn scored the next 13 points to take control of the game.
A steal by Vital led to a step-back jumper from Jalen Adams that gave the Huskies a 13 point lead and UConn went into halftime up 48-33.
A 3-pointer from Alterique Gilbert gave the Huskies their first 20-point lead at 55-33.
Cornell was able to cut that to 13 points. But Tarin Smith scored 10 of his 12 points in during a second-half run and the Huskies pushed the lead to as many as 23 points.
An ally-oop dunk from Vital to Jalen Adams, off a steal by Brendan Adams, pushed the lead to 87-64 and brought the crowd to its feet.
Cornell: The Big Red were outscored 44-30 in the paint, after outscoring UConn 18-16 down low in the first half.
UConn: The Huskies had 38 turnovers in their two games in the 2K Empire Classic. They had 12 on Tuesday night, while scoring 25 points off 19 giveaways from Cornell.
UConn: The Huskies, who were playing the first of five straight home games, ace another mid-major opponent, hosting New Hampshire Saturday in Hartford.
Cornell: The Big Red have more than a week off before visiting Lafayette on Nov. 28.