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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

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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

UCONN 91,

NEW HAMP­SHIRE 66 New Hamp­shire. . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 37 — 66 UConn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 43 — 91

Jessica Hill / Associated Press

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.

Jessica Hill / Associated Press

UConn’s Al­terique Gil­bert drib­bles up the court dur­ing the sec­ond half against New Hamp­shire on Satur­day.

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