November 17, 2019 / 10:47 PM / 25 days ago

UConn knocks off No. 15 Florida

Christian Vital and Tyler Polley scored 15 points each to power Connecticut to a 62-59 victory over No. 15 Florida on Sunday in Storrs, Conn.

Nov 17, 2019; Storrs, CT, USA; Florida Gators forward Dontay Bassett (center) and teammates warms up prior to their game against the Connecticut Huskies at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Polley scored 10 points in the second half, when Vital made all six of his free throws, to secure the win for UConn (2-1).

Vital added five assists and four rebounds, Josh Carlton scored 13 points, and Alterique Gilbert had 10 points and four assists for the Huskies.

UConn finished 16-for-22 from the free throw line. The Huskies shot just 35.6 percent from the field, including 4 of 22 from 3-point range.

Kerry Blackshear Jr. led Florida (2-2) with 15 points and eight rebounds but fouled out with 4:37 remaining. Andrew Nembhard scored all 14 of his points in the second half to keep the Gators close.

Vital’s two free throws with 17.9 seconds left gave UConn the three-point cushion. The Gators’ Keyontae Johnson had an open 3-point look at the top of the key but hesitated, leading to a turnover. The Huskies ran out the clock.

Florida shot 40 percent from the field and made 5 of 20 from 3-point range.

UConn went scoreless for the first 5:59 of the contest but took a 25-20 lead into halftime because the Gators went scoreless over the final 3:23.

The Gators had scored just six points when Polley’s layup put UConn on the board with 14:01 to go.

Blackshear led Florida with 10 points in the first half and Vital had a team-high seven for UConn.

Both teams shot terribly from the floor and the 3-point line and both teams turned over the ball.

UConn made just two 3-pointers and shot 33.3 percent from the floor (9 of 27) in the half, while the Gators made just one trey and shot 30.8 percent (8 of 26).

It was a one-point game with 3:23 left before Isaiah Whaley’s layup and Gilbert’s free throws gave UConn the five-point cushion.

The Gators didn’t make a field goal over the final 5:29.

Both teams will participate in the Charleston Classic on Thursday, with the Gators playing St. Joseph’s and UConn playing Buffalo.

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