Big Night from Smith and Adams Leads UCONN over Drexel

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December 18, 2018 - 10:27 pm

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Jalen Adams and Tarin Smith scored 20 points apiece to lead UConn over Drexel 97-65 Tuesday in nonconference play at the XL Center.

Adams shot 8 for 12 from the field, bouncing back from a season-low two points on Saturday against Manhattan. Smith hit all seven of his shots as UConn (10-3) had four players finish in double-figure scoring. Christian Vital finished with 17 points and six rebounds, while Alterique Gilbert scored 10.

It's the sixth time this season UConn has scored more than 90 points.

Troy Harper led Drexel (6-6) with 20 points, and Camren Wynter added 12. The Dragons, who came in averaging 82.2 points per game, were held to under 70 points for the third time. 

The Huskies shot 56 percent from the field in the first half, held a 26-16 edge in scoring in the paint and led 42-28 at intermission.

UConn would shoot 64.5 percent in the second half, finishing with a season-high 60 percent from the field. 

Drexel held its last lead at 8-7 on Alihan Demir's put back at 16:32 of the first half. UConn answered with an 18-3 run and led by as many as 20 points.

Smith had 13 points at the break.

The Dragons outrebounded UConn 35-30, with 17 coming on the offensive end.

BIG PICTURE

Drexel: After completing a two-game swing through Connecticut, the Dragons head home for Christmas, but will be back in New England on Dec. 28 at Northeastern.

UConn: The Huskies have only one game remaining in the 2018 portion of their schedule - Villanova - before a nine-day break.

UP NEXT

Drexel: The Dragons play Philadelphia 5 rival Temple on Saturday at the Palestra.

UConn: The Huskies meet former Big East rival Villanova on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

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