UConn (11-9) stopped a four game losing streak with a commanding 78-63 victory over the reeling 10-10 Temple Owls in front of 7,886 fans at the Gampel Pavilion on Wednesday evening.
The Huskies, losers of their last four came in with just seven scholarship players when it was announced that Alterique Gilbert “personal reasons” and Sid Wilson with a knee issue would not participate in this one.
6 Huskies would hit double figures in a game UConn never trailed in. Things started early when the contest will tied at 4-4 and UConn ripped off eight consecutive points to begin the onslaught.
The Huskies closed out the first half with a commanding 36-21 edge.
Temple didn’t help their cause by committing 9 turnovers that translated to 14 Huskies points.
The UConn defense blanketed the Owls and snuffed out most of the opportunities with a stellar 7 blocked shots and 20 turnovers that translated to 14 points.
Temple received a twenty point game from Nate Pierce-Lewis and another 15 from Quinton Rose.
For UConn, Brendan Adams and James Bouknight picked up 12 points with Isaiah Whaley and Akok Akok each adding 10.
Christian Vital led the way with a 15 point game that was highlighted by a rare four point play.
The six players in double figures for UConn was the first time the team has had that distinction since the four OT victory over Cincinnati in the 2016 AAC tournament.