Vital’s career night leads UConn to 85-66 win over Boston University

Connecticut's Jalen Adams, left, guards Boston University's Cedric Hankerson.
Connecticut's Jalen Adams, left, guards Boston University's Cedric Hankerson. –AP Photo/Jessica Hill

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Christian Vital scored a career high 30 points to lead Connecticut to an 85-66 win over Boston University on Sunday.

The sophomore guard hit nine of his 15 shots and was 4 of 10 from 3-point range.

Jalen Adams had 12 points and Terry Larrier and Antwoine Anderson each scored 11 for UConn (3-0).

Cedric Hankerson scored 20 points to lead Boston University (0-3). Nick Havener had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Terriers, who opened the game with an 8-1 run.

UConn missed its first nine shots from the floor before a 3-pointer by Vital cut the BU lead to 8-4, more than five minutes into the game.


The Huskies took their first lead at 16-13 on a 3-pointer by Larrier.

But it was Vital who sparked the Huskies, hitting six of his first nine shots. A 3-pointer by Anderson at the halftime buzzer gave UConn a 39-31 lead.

A pair of Vital free throws gave UConn a 21-point lead at 65-44 and his 3-pointer with just over six minutes left gave the Huskies a 70-48 advantage.


UConn: Vital’s previous career high in points was 18, in last year’s American Athletic Conference Tournament loss to Cincinnati. The Huskies finish their opening home stand at 3-0 after starting 0-2 a year ago. Two of UConn’s wins, (Colgate and BU) have come against the Patriot League and the other against Stony Brook from the America East.

Boston University: The Terriers are on their first road trip after opening with home losses against Northeastern and Albany. BU has not had a worse start to a season since 2012-13, when they opened the year 0-5. They finished that season 17-13.


UConn: The Huskies head west to take part in the PK80 tournament in Oregon. UConn will face the Oregon Ducks in the opening round on Thanksgiving Day, with a Friday matchup against either Michigan State or DePaul.


Boston University: The Terriers travel to Maine for a game on Wednesday afternoon.