No. 25 UConn beats Butler 76-59 in first of home-and-home

Jan 18, 2022, 4:28 AM | Updated: 7:40 pm

Connecticut's Andre Jackson is guarded by Butler's Jair Bolden, right, during the first half of an ...

Connecticut's Andre Jackson is guarded by Butler's Jair Bolden, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn coach Dan Hurley thought Adama Sanogo had an off night.

The 6-foot-9 sophomore scored 13 points and grabbed 15 rebounds on Tuesday in the No. 25 Huskies’ 76-59 win over Butler, the first of two games this week between the programs. But Sanogo made just six of his 14 shots and missed several layups.

“He just was off a tick,” Hurley said. “But when you’re off a tick and you can still go get 13, 15 and four blocks in 24 minutes, you’re pretty good.”

It was the third straight double-double for Sanogo. He was joined by Andre Jackson, who had his first career double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for Connecticut (12-4, 3-2 Big East), which returned to the rankings this week for the first time since mid-December.

R.J. Cole had 17 points to lead UConn in scoring, while Jordan Hawkins had 14 points off the bench and Tyler Polley chipped in with 10.

“It’s good to see guys come in and play well to back up the guys who started the game,” Cole said. “And that’s the strength of our team. We’ve been talking about depth all year and so finally, it’s starting to click for us.”

Butler’s Jayden Taylor had 14 of his 19 points in the second half and Simas Lukosius added 17 points for the Bulldogs (9-7, 2-3).

UConn led by 15 points at halftime and Sanogo scored four points after the break to push the lead to 43-24. Butler cut it to 47-36 on a 3-pointer from Lukosius, but that was as close as the Bulldogs would get.

The Huskies took their first 20-point lead on a layup and free throw from Jackson that made it 65-45 with just under 5 minutes to play

Butler shot 31% from the floor (18 of 59), while UConn outrebounded the Bulldogs 49-39.

This game was originally scheduled for Jan. 1, but was postponed because UConn was dealing with COVID-19 issues.


Butler: This was the second of four straight games for the the Bulldogs against ranked teams. They lost 82-42 to No. 11 Villanova on Sunday and must face the Huskies again on Thursday in Indianapolis, then travel to No. 21 Providence next Sunday.

Lukosius said that makes the next two games very important.

“We don’t like to lose,” he said. “We haven’t performed that well and we haven’t performed the way we know we can perform.”

UConn: The Huskies have not played the same opponent in two consecutive games since 1996, when they beat Seton Hall in the regular-season finale and again in the Big East tournament. The last time they played the same team back-to-back in the regular season was in February 1992, losing twice to Georgetown.


UConn missed its first four shots and didn’t score until Sanogo hit a short turnaround in the lane, 3 minutes into the game. It started a 10-0 run.

Cole had five of those points and scored his first eight from the foul line before taking and making his first official shot from the floor.

“To have him attacking the rim like that and getting to the foul line, it really helped us get going,” Jackson said.


Butler coach LaVall Jordan said he’s never been in a situation where his team has played the same team twice in a row in such a short span of time and he wasn’t sure if it will help his team or hurt it.

“I asked Danny if they wanted to hop in the plane with us, but he turned that down,” he joked. “We’ll just turn around and make some adjustments and get ready to battle,” he said.


More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/College-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Associated Press

Ex-Packer Guion gets 1 year for domestic violence assault

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest in a domestic violence assault at his home last fall. Brown County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Walsh also ordered Guion on Tuesday to serve three years’ probation and complete a domestic […]

1 year ago

Joe Jarzynka...

Associated Press

Durant eager for Suns debut vs. Hornets after knee injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Durant has been through quite a bit during his 15-year NBA career — but joining a new team midway through the season is a new one for the 13-time All-Star. The 34-year-old Durant doesn’t seem all that worried. Durant makes his highly anticipated Phoenix Suns debut on Wednesday night against […]

1 year ago

FILE - Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores stands on the sideline during the second half of an N...

Associated Press

Judge: NFL coach can press discrimination claims in court

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Coach Brian Flores can pursue some of his discrimination claims against the league and its teams in court rather than through arbitration, a judge ruled Wednesday. The written decision by Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan was issued months after lawyers for the league tried to get the lawsuit moved to […]

1 year ago

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Alex Stalock cools off in the first period during an NHL hockey game ...

Associated Press

Kane trade reinforces hard reality of Blackhawks rebuild

CHICAGO (AP) — After days of speculation, the harsh reality of the Chicago Blackhawks’ situation was reinforced by one move in a flurry of transactions ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Showtime is over, at least in Chicago, and a seemingly bright future is, well, way off in the distance. The reverberations of Chicago’s decision […]

1 year ago

FILE -  Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation, wearing a protective face mas...

Associated Press

Disgraced ex-Haitian soccer president announces he’s back

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s former soccer federation president whose lifetime ban from sport over sexual abuse allegations was overturned last month announced Wednesday that he is reclaiming his position. Yves Jean-Bart’s defiant announcement could lead to a standoff with FIFA, which already has appointed an emergency management committee to lead the Haitian Football Association […]

1 year ago

FILE - Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after an NFL football game against the ...

Associated Press

Rodgers says decision on future will come ‘soon enough’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers says he will make a decision on his future “soon enough” as the four-time MVP quarterback ponders whether to play next season and if his future remains with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers, 39, discussed his future while speaking on an episode of the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” that […]

1 year ago

No. 25 UConn beats Butler 76-59 in first of home-and-home