Xavier vs. UConn highlights: College basketball on FS1 – FOX Sports

A Big East showdown is brewing Wednesday on FS1, as No. 19 UConn plays host to No. 13 Xavier in Storrs, Connecticut.

It’s been a tumultuous season for the Huskies, who opened the season 14-0 before hitting a rough patch that saw them dip to 5-5 in conference play. They’re led by coach Dan Hurley, who is the team’s unapologetically emotional catalyst.

Meanwhile, Xavier (16-4, 8-1) has climbed to the top of the Big East behind Sean Miller, who is in his first year of a second tenure leading the Musketeers.

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Xavier at UConn

All Xavier early

The Musketeers came out of the gate breathing fire.

Adam Kunkel got Xavier started with a 3-pointer on its first possession, while Zach Freemantle scored four of its first nine points, including the below bucket in the post, forcing a UConn timeout. Xavier led 9-0 with 16 minutes remaining in the first half.

Threes away!

Xavier was feeling it from behind the arc in the early going. Connecting on four of its first five 3-point attempts, the Musketeers led 20-9 at the second TV timeout.

Climbing the ladder

Xavier guard Desmond Claude took matters into his own hands, forcing the issue off the dribble and dunking over a pair of UConn defenders.

Xavier dominates first half

The Musketeers had their way on both ends of the floor in the first half. Xavier shot 50% from the field and 45.5% from behind the arc, while UConn shot just 32.3% from the field and 7.7% from behind the arc.

Xavier led 39-24 at halftime.

Boum

Souley Boum couldn’t miss coming out of the halftime break, making a trio of 3-pointers before the first TV timeout of the second half.

Getting back in it

Xavier expanded its lead to 17 early in the second half, but UConn began to show some life shortly thereafter.

After the 3-ball began to fall for the Huskies, Adama Sanogo corralled a miss and muscled in an inside bucket, cutting the lead to eight and forcing a Xavier timeout with 13:46 remaining in the second half.

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