STORRS, Conn. — Christian Vital scored 15 points Wednesday night, as UConn snapped a four-game losing streak with a 78-63 win over Temple in the American Athletic Conference.
James Bouknight and Brendan Adams each added 12 points, while Josh Carlton, Isaiah Whaley and Akok Akok had 10 apiece for the Huskies (11-9, 2-5). UConn had been beaten by six points or fewer in every game during its recent skid.
Nate Pierre-Louis scored 20 points and Quinton Rose had 15 for Temple (10-10, 2-6), which has lost four in a row and seven of its last eight.
UConn never trailed in this one. The Huskies held the Owls scoreless for a 5 1/2-minute stretch in the first half, opened up an 18-point lead, and went into halftime up 36-21.
Two free throws from Carlton gave UConn its first 20-point lead at 43-23 early in the second half. A steal and tomahawk dunk by Bouknight made it 53-31, and the Huskies extended that to 24 points.
UConn was led by its defense. The Huskies blocked seven shots and forced 16 turnovers that led to 20 points.
Carlton, who was held scoreless in the Huskies’ last two games, opened the scoring by grabbing an offensive rebound and making a strong move to the basket and had the Huskies first two baskets. A driving layup by Vital completed an 8-0 run that gave the Huskies a 12-4 lead.
Vital extended the advantage to 10 points at 18-8 when he was fouled shooting a three-pointer from the left wing and completed the four-point play.
Temple came into the game averaging just 67.9 points and shooting 40% from the floor. The Owls shot 39.7% in this one.