as late as a few minutes into the second half.
“We either played really good defense, or we gave up an embarrassing basket, which was very frustrating, at time,” Hurley noted.
But by the midway point of the latter half, New Hampshire ( 2- 4) had pretty much been reduced to the role of Washington Generals, as the Huskies pulled away on an array of impressive drives to the hoop by Adams, Gilbert and Vital.
The type of blowout win that seemed to be in short supply in recent years.
“These types of games, where you have the better team, that’s what you’re supposed to do,” said Hurley. “We haven’t done anything that we weren’t supposed to do ( Saturday) or against Morehead ( State) or Cornell. I coach these guys so hard coming into these buy games that it borderline ruined Thanksgiving for everybody. Because you’ve got to keep them on edge. There’s such a tendency to relax.”
And Hurley isn’t exactly the relaxing type.
“We’ve done nothing the last couple of years, nothing this season,” he pointed out, “to warrant overlooking anybody.”
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If UConn fans are expecting Wilson to be a quick fix, they may want to be a little more patient.
“Listen, we didn’t stop the season waiting for Sid,” said Hurley. “Sid’s gonna have to earn his minutes in practice here ... We do have depth. He’s got to carve out minutes and opportunity for himself in practice. That’s something he should have been thinking about in the last week. Now that he’s eligible, he’s gonna have to earn it in practice. He’s gonna have to kick Tyler’s butt, get after these guards and fight his way onto the court.”
If and when that does happen, however, the Huskies will be getting a nice addition to the rotation.
“I don’t think people have really seen the type of athlete Sid is,” said Vital. “Especially now. He’s had a couple of years in college to grow his body and add to his game. I think he’s gonna be a really big piece to us. He’s definitely gonna help us out a lot.”
Hurley envisions the 6- foot- 7, 177- pound Wilson predominately as a power forward in a smaller lineup, and at times a bigger, more athletic small forward.
“He brings some of the elements that Tyler would bring ... maybe be without the shooting that Tyler has, but the explosiveness of some of the wings that Syracuse had,” the coach noted.
Mamadou Diarra, who has yet to play this season after summer knee surgery, has been doing light conditioning work in practice, according to Hurley, but still isn’t close to full strength. The coach had said a month ago that mid- December would probably be the earliest for Diarra’s return.
It was a rough game for
New Hampshire’s two Connecticut products. Newington’s Nick Guadarrama finished with five points on 1- for- 4 shooting and three rebounds in 16 minutes. Mark Carbone of Wethersfield played 10 minutes and had three points on 1- for- 3 shooting. @ hearstmediact. com
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UConn’s Jalen Adams ( 4) goes up for a basket while New Hampshire’s Nick Guadarrama ( 3), Elijah Jordan ( 13) and Jayden Martinez ( 24) defend on Saturday.
UConn’s Alterique Gilbert dribbles up the court during the second half against New Hampshire on Saturday.