MEMPHIS HOLDS OFF UCONN

Huskies lose first with­out lead­ing scorer

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis coach Penny Har­d­away has wanted to spread the of­fen­sive load around to other play­ers in re­cent games. Kyvon Daven­port took the chal­lenge, hav­ing his best game in weeks.

Daven­port scored 26 points, Tyler Har­ris and Jeremiah Mar­tin added 12 each and Memphis (14-10, 6-5 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence) held off a late push to beat UConn, 78-71, on Sun­day.

Daven­port had not topped 20 points in the last nine games and Har­d­away had said other play­ers needed to help out Mar­tin, a se­nior, with the scor­ing load.

“Ev­ery­thing is set up for him to go out and do that. He just has to pro­duce,” Har­d­away said when asked how to keep the 6-foot-8 Daven­port en­gaged. The Memphis coach added that the Tigers of­fense is set up to get Daven­port the ball in ar­eas where he is com­fort­able. “The rest is up to him. To­day, he de­cided to come and be more ag­gres­sive to the bas­ket and he did that.”

For UConn, it was a day that started slowly and, de­spite sev­eral ral­lies to pull close to the Tigers, the Huskies never could over­take Memphis, which took the lead to 14 in the first half and 16 in the sec­ond.

“We’re a young team. They’re a vet­eran team,” Huskies coach Dan Hur­ley said, later adding: “(Memphis) emo­tion­ally was prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit more ready to play. And I think it also took us a lit­tle bit of time to gauge their ath­leti­cism. Their ath­leti­cism took a lit­tle bit for us to get ad­justed to.”

The Huskies were play­ing their first game since lead­ing-scorer Jalen Adams (17 points per game) suf­fered a left knee in­jury that will keep him out of ac­tion for 4-6 weeks. That meant ad­just­ments for UConn of­fen­sively.

HOUS­TON 65, CINCIN­NATI 58

DeJon Jar­reau scored 14 of his 16 points in the sec­ond half, Corey Davis Jr. also notched 16 and No. 12 Hous­ton held off No. 25 Cincin­nati, 65-58.

Jar­reau added eight re­bounds and five as­sists. He scored 11 con­sec­u­tive points in the sec­ond half, in­clud­ing six straight to give Hous­ton a 63-58 lead with 3 ½ min­utes left. Davis and Jar­reau each made free throws in the fi­nal 20 sec­onds to seal it for the Cougars (23-1, 10-1 Amer­i­can Ath­letic Con­fer­ence).

Galen Robin­son Jr. scored 10 points for Hous­ton, which won its eighth straight and ex­tended its home win­ning streak to 32 games. Hous­ton shot 49% from the field.

Jar­ron Cum­ber­land scored 27 points on 9-of-25 shoot­ing, and Cane Broome added 10 points for Cincin­nati (20-4, 9-2), which had its eight-game win­ning streak snapped. The Bearcats shot 33% from the field, in­clud­ing 27% in the sec­ond half.

AP

Memphis’ Alex Lo­max looks for open­ing against UConn Sun­day.

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