No. 20 UConn men’s basketball team routs Georgetown behind Isaiah Whaley and Adama Sanogo

STORRS – The key is back.

He never left, really. But Isaiah Whaley certainly hadn’t been the power tool UConn men’s basketball fans had come to expect since the start of the new year, cracking with a scoreless outing against Butler a week ago.

Whaley bounced back with a big game at Butler on Thursday night, and on Tuesday at Gampel Pavilion he was perhaps the best player on the court.

Whaley scored 15 points, many from setbacks, and added seven rebounds to lead 20th-ranked UConn to a 96-73 win over Georgetown.

Adama Sanogo added 19 points and eight boards, despite some early foul trouble, Tyrese Martin added 13 and eight, RJ Cole had 14 points, seven assists and six rebounds and rookie Jordan Hawkins scored 15 for UConn (14 -4, 5-2 Big East).

Andre Jackson scored just five points, but electrified the home crowd with a dynamic dunk into traffic early in the game, and counted an alley-oop lob for a Sanogo dunk among his five assists.

Rookie Aminu Mohammed’s 15 points led Georgetown (6-11, 0-6), which has now lost seven straight games overall.

UConn’s defense could have been much better, especially in the first half, when Georgetown shot 53 percent from the floor and knocked down 8 of 13 3-pointers (62 percent). Mohammed burned UConn the most, hitting a 3-point trio and entering the half with 13 points.

But the Huskies put down defensively in the second half, holding the Hoyas to 37% shooting (and much worse until garbage time) in the final 20 minutes.

UConn shot an impressive 56% in the first half, led by Martin’s 12, and had a 52-40 advantage at the break.


UConn capped its student section capacity at 50% for Tuesday night’s game and asked students to consider watching the game remotely.

Eleanor JB Daugherty, UConn’s dean of students and associate vice president of student affairs, said in an email to students that “if COVID transmission occurs among students attending the game, it could cause a student outbreak. wider over the move-in weekend 3-4 days later before this positivity was detected.

However, the student section seemed to be almost full at the start of the game.

UConn students returned to campus last weekend, though they had been taking classes remotely for about a week.

It was a Coaches vs Cancer game on Tuesday and, as usual, both coaching teams were wearing sneakers.

UConn improved to 33-36 all-time against the Hoyas.

The 2021 Big East champion UConn baseball team was recognized in midfield at halftime.

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