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UConn coasts past Boston on strength of Adama Sanogo’s 27 points

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Mar 11, 2022; New York, NY, USA;  Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley at the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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Adama Sanogo poured in 27 points and 15 rebounds as UConn cruised past Boston University 86-57 on Friday night in Storrs, Conn.

Sanogo made 12 of 15 shots to lead the Huskies (2-0) to their seventh straight win over BU (1-1). Naheim Alleyne and Tristen Newton each added 11 points, while Donovan Clingan and Alex Karaban went for 10 apiece.

UConn led by double digits for 35:19 of action.

Following his 27-point performance in the Terriers’ season opener, Walter Whyte once again paced Boston University, supplying 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Daman Tate was BU’s only other player to score in double figures, notching 11 points.

The Terriers weren’t able to find their 3-point stroke all night, finishing 2-for-12 (16.7 percent) from beyond the arc. They were also outscored 38-24 in the paint.

Connecticut ran away with things with just under 13 minutes left in the second half, using a 12-0 surge to double its 12-point advantage. BU pulled within 19 twice, but that was the closest it would get.

Karaban had five points during the run, and the Huskies shot a blistering 61.5 percent from the field (16 of 26) through the final 20 minutes of play.

The Terriers scored just four points in the final 4:19.

Hassan Diarra converted a pair of free throws with 5 1/2 minutes left in the first to give UConn its second 19-point lead of the half.

Boston University shaved the deficit down to 12 thanks to a free throw barrage and baskets from Whyte and Fletcher Tynen, but Sanogo scored the final five points ahead of the break to send UConn into halftime with a 40-23 lead.

The Huskies got off to an extremely fast start, putting together an 11-0 run through the first 4:41. BU didn’t get on the board until Whyte’s free throw with 14:26 left in the first half, and Tynen sunk the Terriers’ first field goal four minutes later.

Boston University missed its first 10 shots.

–Field Level Media