Newton’s triple-double leads No. 25 UConn past Buffalo

Nov 15, 2022, 4:26 AM | Updated: 7:48 pm
Connecticut head coach Dan Hurley celebrates with Connecticut's Tristen Newton (2) after Newton cam...

Connecticut head coach Dan Hurley celebrates with Connecticut's Tristen Newton (2) after Newton came out of the with a triple double in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Buffalo, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

              Connecticut's Tristen Newton (2) goes up for a basket as Buffalo's Isaac Jack (31) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
            
              Connecticut's Adama Sanogo (21) is guarded by Buffalo's Jonnivius Smith (24) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
            
              Connecticut's Tristen Newton (2) drives to the basket as Buffalo's Curtis Jones (3) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
            
              Connecticut's Nahiem Alleyne (4) shoots over Buffalo's LaQuill Hardnett (1) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
            
              Connecticut's Tristen Newton (2) blocks a shot attempt by Buffalo's Devin Ceaser (10) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
            
              Connecticut head coach Dan Hurley celebrates with Connecticut's Tristen Newton (2) after Newton came out of the with a triple double in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Buffalo, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Tristen Newton had 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career triple-double, and No. 25 UConn beat Buffalo 84-64 on Tuesday night.

Joey Calcaterra came off the bench to score 15 points and Nahiem Alleyne added 12 for the Huskies (3-0).

It was the 12th triple-double in UConn history and the first since Daniel Hamilton’s 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists on Dec. 23, 2015 against Central Connecticut State.

“I feel pretty good about getting my teammates involved and getting on the glass,” said Newton, a senior transfer from East Carolina. “It wasn’t just me, it was a collective group.”

Armoni Foster led the Bulls (1-2) with 11 points.

The Huskies were missing two injured starters (Jordan Hawkins and Andre Jackson), and preseason Big East Player of the Year Adama Sanogo got into foul trouble, but the newly acquired veterans in its backcourt brought UConn to life.

Calcaterra transferred from San Diego and Alleyne from Virginia Tech.

“You’re missing two of your best players … the best player in the league and your best player had an off-game that your not going to get from him very often,” UConn coach Dan Hurley said. “Usually, that’s a recipe for losing and the depth showed up.”

Sanogo, who averaged 23 points in UConn’s first two games, scored a season-low 11 points. He picked up his third foul less than a minute into the second half with UConn leading 44-28. When he returned, the Huskies’ lead had grown to 63-39.

Freshmen Donovan Clingan and Alex Karaban added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Huskies struggled at the outset, hitting only 4 of 22 from the field, including a stretch of 11 straight misses.

Isaiah Adams gave Buffalo its final lead at 14-13 with 8:55 left in the first half.

Newton and Calcaterra reinvigorated the Huskies. Newton scored 12 of his 15 first-half points and Calcaterra adding 10 during a 31-14 closing run that pushed UConn in front 44-28 at the half.

Newton shot 4 of 14 from the field but drew 13 fouls and went 14 of 17 from the line.

“In the first half (Newton) really bothered us and got to the line,” Buffalo coach Jim Whitesell said.

Newton struggled offensively in his first two games with the Huskies, especially shooting the ball where he was a combined 4 of 15. Hurley kept on him to improve.

“I appreciate it because I love the coaching and it’s going to make me better,” Newton said. “He’s pretty much hard on me for not being aggressive and defensive obviously, but having him put that confidence in me makes me feel like I can go out there and play well every single game.”

INJURY UPDATE

Hawkins (concussion) and Jackson (fractured right pinky) are both close to returning. Jackson, who has been sidelined since mid-October, is expected to be cleared for full contact on Thursday. The Huskies are also without sophomore Samson Johnson (right foot).

BIG PICTURE

UConn opened the week by cracking the AP Top 25 and showed it belongs there with a dominant victory.

UP NEXT

Buffalo: Hosts Drake on Friday before leaving for two games at the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

UConn: Continues its five-game homestand to open the season with UNC-Wilmington on Friday at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs.

___

AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

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

AP

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Troy Stecher, left, taunts Anaheim Ducks center Trevor Zegras after Zebr...
Associated Press

Zegras scores in OT, Ducks beat Coyotes for 3rd win a row

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Trevor Zegras scored at 3:34 of overtime and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Arizona Coyotes 2-1 on Saturday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season. John Klingberg stole the puck from Matias Maccelli in the offensive zone and found Zegras in the slot for a wrist shot for […]
1 day ago
Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (97) and Cody Ceci (5) celebrate a goal against the Chicago Blackha...
Associated Press

Oilers head into All-Star break with win over Blackhawks

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Tyson Barrie scored twice, Connor McDavid had his NHL-best 41st goal and the Edmonton Oilers headed into their All-Star break with a 7-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Zach Hyman each had a goal and two assists, and Evander Kane and Ryan McLeod also […]
1 day ago
Seattle Kraken center Ryan Donato, rear, watches as the puck rests behind Columbus Blue Jackets goa...
Associated Press

Wennberg scores against former team, Kraken top Blue Jackets

SEATTLE (AP) — Alex Wennberg scored midway through the second period against his former team to help the Seattle Kraken beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday night. Wennberg, who was drafted by the Blue Jackets in the first round in 2013, had his 10th goal of the season in his 600th career game. […]
1 day ago
Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam drives to the basket past Portland Trail Blazers forward Jera...
Associated Press

Achiuwa leads Raptors to 123-105 win over Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Precious Achiuwa scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in place of the injured OG Anunoby to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 123-105 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. Pascal Siakam scored 24 points and Gary Trent Jr. added 19 against his former team for the Raptors, […]
1 day ago
Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (1) watches as the puck gets past him on a goal as M...
Associated Press

Gaudreau secures shootout win as Wild beat Buffalo 3-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mats Zuccarello, Kirill Kaprizov and Freddy Gaudreau scored in the shootout, lifting the Minnesota Wild past the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Saturday night. Joel Eriksson Ek and Jared Spurgeon had goals in regulation for Minnesota, which headed into its All-Star break with two wins in a row. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped […]
1 day ago
Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown (7) fouls Los Angeles Lakers' Thomas Bryant (31) during the first half...
Associated Press

Brown forces OT, Celtics snap skid by beating LA 125-121

BOSTON (AP) — Lakers guard Patrick Beverly grabbed a courtside camera in an effort to show referee Eric Lewis what everyone who’d watched the replay already knew: LeBron James was fouled on his missed layup at the end of regulation. Instead of getting the call, Beverly drew a technical foul that gave Boston the lead […]
1 day ago
Newton’s triple-double leads No. 25 UConn past Buffalo