Window of hope on Hurley debut Victory is mediocre, energy is undeniable
STORRS – Dan Hurley’s Huskies began with a solid win. Agood game. A nice night at Gampel Pavilion.
The day after, it’s important to moderate those adjectives.
Perspective: On paper, UConn’s 80-70 victory over Morehead State on Thursday night was not a whole lot different than the 70-58 victory over Colgate that started the 2017-18 season, Kevin Ollie’s last. That victory, also against a mid-major coming off a losing season, was met, in so many words, with, ‘ Oh, boy, it’s going to be a long season.”
To the eyeball test, at least, this opening game looked much different. There were 3,000 more tickets sold, and factoring in no-shows, about that many more in the building. The Huskies’ defensive pressure presented the look of more energy, and they just looked better coached on offense. The first two times on the floor, Alterique Gilbert found Josh Carlton with deft, decisive passes for easy baskets and
Josh Carlton was productive, with 17 points and eight rebounds.