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School basketball: UConn beats Purdue to repeat as males’s nationwide champions

1 of 2 | Freshman guard Stephon Castle helped lead the UConn Huskies past the Purdue Boilermakers in the 2024 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament finale Monday in Glendale, Ariz. Photo courtesy of UConn Athletics April 8 (UPI) — UConn Huskies defenders sustained a breathless intensity, cooling the Purdue Boilermakers’ sharpshooters en route to

School basketball: UConn beats Purdue to repeat as males’s nationwide champions

1 of two | Freshman guard Stephon Fortress helped lead the UConn Huskies previous the Purdue Boilermakers within the 2024 NCAA Division I males’s basketball match finale Monday in Glendale, Ariz. Photograph courtesy of UConn Athletics

April 8 (UPI) — UConn Huskies defenders sustained a breathless depth, cooling the Purdue Boilermakers’ sharpshooters en path to a second-consecutive males’s basketball nationwide championship Monday in Glendale, Ariz.

Senior guard Tristen Newton led the Huskies with 20 factors within the 75-60 win at State Farm Stadium. Senior heart Zach Edey, the two-time Nationwide Participant of the 12 months, scored 37 factors for the Boilermakers (34-5).

“All 12 months we made it our objective to go back-to-back and that is what we did tonight,” Newton, who was named the Last 4’s Most Excellent Participant, stated on the TBS broadcast.

The Huskies (37-3) are the primary workforce because the 2006 and 2007 Florida Gators to win consecutive titles. They’re the eighth total program to perform the feat.

“We simply recruit actually gifted NBA [level] gamers which are keen to not make it about themselves and to be part of a successful group and be part of all of the championships,” Huskies coach Dan Hurley stated.

The Huskies outshot the Boilermakers 48.4% to 44.4% and held a 35-28 edge in rebounding, together with 14-9 on the offensive glass. Additionally they outpaced their foes 18-8 in assists and 44-40 in factors within the paint.

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The Boilermakers, who entered the sport with the second-best 3-point share (40.5%) within the nation, shot simply 14.3% (1 of seven) from downtown in opposition to the Huskies’ aggressive protection.

The primary half featured 5 lead adjustments, with the Boilermakers offense working by Edey whereas the Huskies used a extra balanced assault.

Edey scored 16 factors over the primary 20 minutes, together with a run of 11-consecutive for the Boilermakers. Newton scored 11 within the first half for the Huskies.

The Boilermakers took a 23-21 lead 8:08 earlier than halftime. The Huskies rapidly answered with an 11-2 run for a 36-30 lead on the break and by no means trailed once more.

They added a 6-0 run to push their result in 13 early within the second half. The Boilermakers then went with no subject objective for a four-minute stretch, which allowed the Huskies to extend their benefit to as many as 18.

Freshman guard Stephon Fortress scored 11 of his 15 factors within the second half of the victory. Senior guard Cam Spencer and sophomore heart Donovan Clingan chipped in 11 factors apiece.

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