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UConn backcourt leads Huskies past Wichita State, 80-60

January 26, 2019 - 8:56 pm

Christian Vital scored 21 points and Jalen Adams added 19 points and 12 rebounds as UConn beat Wichita State 80-60 on Saturday night in the American Athletic Conference.

Tyler Polley added 12 points and Josh Carlton 11 and four blocks for the Huskies (12-8, 3-4 American), who have won two straight games for the first time since mid-December.

Jamarius Burton had 16 points for Wichita State (8-11, 1-6), which has lost three in a row and seven of its last eight.

UConn never trailed.

Vital opened the game with a steal and layup and UConn ran out to a 10-0 lead.

It took the Shockers more than five minute to score their first points. Those came on a pair of free throws by Samajae Haynes-Jones. It was another two minutes before they scored their first basket on a driving layup from Dexter Dennis.

A long 3-pointer by Vital at the halftime buzzer gave the Huskies a 43-28 lead.

The Huskies led by as many as 26 in the second half.

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