UConn men’s coach Hurley back at work after spinal surgery
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn men's basketball coach Dan Hurley says he spent his life believing that when it came to his health, he was bulletproof.
UConn’s Hurley has surgery to relieve neck, back pain
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn basketball coach Dan Hurley had surgery Friday to relieve pain in his neck and upper back.
School officials say doctors successfully performed the surgery at the...
UConn hoops signs late recruit, 6-foot-9 forward Springs
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn has added a late recruit to its basketball roster, announcing forward Richard Springs enrolled at the school.
Springs is a 6-foot-9 power forward from Brooklyn,...
Hurley says recruiting getting a bump from Big East move
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Men's basketball coach Dan Hurley said Monday that he's already seeing benefits on the recruiting trail from UConn's decision to leave the American Athletic Conference and...
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Chronic knee problems have forced UConn forward Mamadou Diarra to end his playing career.
The school says the 6-foot-8 junior has been granted a medical...
UConn coaches travel the state to connect with fans
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn basketball fan Audrey Quinlan said she wasn't expecting Geno Auriemma to be so personable.
The 68-year-old Glastonbury resident got to meet the Hall of Fame...
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut says R.J. Cole will join its men's basketball as a transfer from Howard University.
The 6-1 point guard from Union, New Jersey, will sit...
Hot-shooting UConn defeats South Florida 80-73
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — UConn's success in March continued in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference tournament thanks to accurate first-half shooting that spread into the early...
Carlton, Gilbert lead UConn to 60-58 win over South Florida
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn honored one of the greatest 3-point shooters of all-time on Sunday, then won a game without making a shot from behind the arc.
Carlton’s double-double leads UConn to 76-52 win over ECU
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn coach Dan Hurley benched senior star Jalen Adams early in the second half and the rest of his Huskies responded by routing East Carolina.
Sophomore forward Josh Carlton had his best night in a Connecticut uniform, scoring 20 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in a 76-52 win over the Pirates on Sunday.
"Anytime we can, we want Jalen on the floor, but having all the young guys out on the floor was very, very nice," Carlton said.
Tulsa beats UConn after both coaches ejected
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The coaches weren't around to see all of it, but reserve Jeriah Horne scored a career high 27 points and Tulsa defeated UConn 89-83 Wednesday night, snapping a two-game conference losing streak.
Horne scores 27, Tulsa beats UConn after coaches tossed
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Jeriah Horne scored a career-high 27 points and Tulsa held off UConn 89-83 on Wednesday night in a game both head coaches were ejected midway through the second half.
Tulsa coach Frank Haith and UConn coach Dan Hurley were ejected with 11:40 to play and Tulsa leading 61-47. Haith protested a foul call against his forward DaQuan Jeffries and Hurley began yelling at Haith. The two exchanged words and officials assessed both two technical fouls before play resumed.
Adams, Gilbert help UConn end losing streak, beat SMU 76-64
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn coach Dan Hurley woke up Thursday to a text message from guard Jalen Adams. UConn's star wanted to let his coach know that he was locked in and ready for a fight.
Adams scored 21 points, Alterique Gilbert added 19 and UConn snapped a three-game losing streak with a 76-64 win over SMU on Thursday night.
Christian Vital chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (10-6, 1-2 American Athletic Conference), who had lost their first two conference games.
UConn grad transfer Kassoum Yakwe out with fractured foot
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn forward Kassoum Yakwe is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a fracture in his right foot.
Coach Dan Hurley says the 6-foot-7 graduate transfer from St. John's suffered the injury during the team's shootaround before Wednesday's loss at South Florida.
The school is evaluating whether Yakwe will need surgery.
Yakwe averaged 11 minutes, 1.8 points and 2.4 rebounds for the Huskies, with 11 blocked shots.
USF wins 7th straight by beating UConn 76-68
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — UConn coach Dan Hurley saw the Huskies go from a big lead to another second-half meltdown.
Laquincy Rideau had 25 points, David Collins overcame foul trouble to add 17 key second-half points, and South Florida battled back from a double-digit deficit to beat UConn 76-68 Wednesday night in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
UConn coach returns to NJ for game honoring 9/11 victims
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn basketball coach Dan Hurley was teaching high school history at St. Benedict's in Newark, New Jersey on Sept. 11, 2001, when he looked out the window and saw smoke rising from the World Trade Center across the Hudson River in New York.
"I remember probably within 10 minutes of seeing the smoke, just being called into the auditorium and just the chaos of what was happening on the way into the assembly," he said. "Then everyone got this message."
UConn wraps up homestand with 90-63 rout of Lafayette
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn coach Dan Hurley says it is games against the teams his Huskies are supposed to beat that can keep him up nights.
Sleep may come a bit easier after Wednesday's 90-63 rout of Lafayette.
Jalen Adams scored 21 points and Tyler Polley added a career-high 16 for the Huskies (7-2), who came out focused after losing a close game on Sunday to Arizona.
Christian Vital had 14 points and Alterique Gilbert dished out a career-high 11 assists.
Adams, Vital lead UConn over UMass Lowell 97-75
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn cruised past another mid-major opponent, but with an effort that did not please coach Dan Hurley.
Jalen Adams and Christian Vital each scored 19 points and the Huskies beat UMass Lowell 97-75 on Tuesday night.
Alterique Gilbert and Josh Carlton added 15 points each for UConn (6-1), which won its third straight, all home wins over lesser competition.
Obadiah Noel had 20 points for UMass Lowell (4-5), which was able to cut a 23-point Husky lead to 10 by halftime.
Carlton, Adams lead UConn in 91-66 rout of New Hampshire
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Josh Carlton and Jalen Adams each scored 17 points and UConn routed New Hampshire 91-66 on Saturday.
Christian Vital added his first double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebound for the Huskies (5-1).
Jordan Reed had 17 points for New Hampshire (2-4), which has not beaten a Division I program this season.
UConn lost in 2016 to Wagner and Northeastern and needed overtime last season to beat Columbia and Monmouth.
Iowa and UConn upset ranked foes Oregon and Syracuse
NEW YORK (AP) — Unranked teams made a statement at the 2K Classic.
Jordan Bohannon scored 16 points to lead Iowa to a 77-69 upset of No. 13 Oregon in the second semifinal of the 2K Classic on Thursday night.
Luka Garza added 12, and Ryan Kriener finished with 11.
The Hawkeyes (3-0) will play UConn in the championship game tomorrow, while Oregon (2-1) will meet No. 15 Syracuse in the consolation game. Connecticut upset Syracuse, 83-76, in the first game.
UConn signs backcourt duo Bouknight, Gaffney for 2019
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn coach Dan Hurley has announced his first signings for next season, guards from New York and New Jersey.
Hurley says the Huskies have received National Letters of Intent from James Bouknight of Brooklyn, New York, and Jalen Gaffney of Columbus, New Jersey.
Bouknight is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who played at the MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts last season, where he averaged 19.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game before suffering a knee injury.
UConn opens Hurley era with 80-70 win over Morehead State
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn coach Dan Hurley is happy with the energy level of his Huskies, now he'd like to see them develop a killer instinct.
Hurley had a successful coaching debut at his new school Thursday as UConn broke open a close game, then held off a pesky Morehead State team for an 80-70 win.
Josh Carlton scored 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Jalen Adams scored 16 points and Alterique Gilbert added 15 for the Huskies, who led by just four points at halftime.
Dan Hurley coaches first game at UConn
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The Dan Hurley era of UConn basketball has begun.
The Huskies showed off the pressing, fast-breaking system of their new coach in a 96-64 exhibition win Friday night over Division II Southern Connecticut.
Hurley, who called this his dream job when he was hired in the spring, acknowledged having a few more nerves than on an average game day.
Hurley brings renewed sense of optimism to UConn
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — New coach Dan Hurley has brought a renewed sense of energy and optimism with him to UConn, but it's not clear how that will translate this season on the court.
He replaces Kevin Ollie, fired after a 14-18 season, and takes over a program awaiting sanctions for NCAA violations.
Hurley can't control that but he is hoping to help the Huskies' work ethic.
UConn unofficially opens basketball season with First Night
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — New coach Dan Hurley introduced himself to UConn's fans on Friday as the Huskies unofficially opened their basketball season with the annual "First Night" celebration inside Gampel Pavilion.
UConn's version of "Midnight Madness" is now held at 7 p.m. and no longer marks the start of practice (for the men that started two weeks ago).
But it was a chance for the school's fan base to get a first look at the 2018-19 men's and women's players and Hurley.
Villanova, Duke, Kentucky highlight MSG hoops schedule
NEW YORK (AP) — Defending national champion Villanova will play at least three times at Madison Square Garden during the upcoming season, part of a 2018-19 college basketball schedule that also features Duke, Kentucky and Syracuse visiting what's been dubbed The World's Most Famous Arena.
Florida, Maryland, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon and West Virginia are among the other programs headed to MSG.
UConn holds 1st practice day after NCAA violations announced
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn held its first practice under new basketball coach Dan Hurley on Saturday, a day after receiving NCAA notification of alleged recruiting and other violations during Kevin Ollie's tenure at the school.
Hurley said everyone is aware of the off-the-court issues. The school said the players won't comment on the allegations.
UConn greats expect program to climb back to elite status
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Don't tell Jim Calhoun or his former players that UConn is no longer an elite basketball program.
Yes, the Huskies have missed the NCAA Tournament three times in four years and are 30-35 the past two seasons while playing outside a power conference. UConn is under investigation by the NCAA, and has accused former coach Kevin Ollie of recruiting violations, prompting his firing in March and sparking at $10 million contract dispute.
Breakfast with Benz: Dan Hurley is it for Pitt; Penguins back at it after tough loss; Honey Badger to the Steelers?
On Thursday's Breakfast with Benz, I asked Danny Hurley about the rumors that he may leave Rhode Island for the vacant Pitt coaching basketball job. I also endorsed him for it in my daily column .
Matthews, Terrell lead No. 22 URI past VCU, 81-68
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley has come to VCU in the past with a young team and seen it get drummed.
He was happy to return the favor when he returned with the senior-laden and 22nd-ranked Rams on Friday night.
E.C. Matthews scored 18 points, Jared Terrell had 16 and URI beat VCU 81-68 for its 14th consecutive victory.
UMass botches missed free throw, No. 22 Rhode Island escapes
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Rhode Island has mostly cruised to a string of big victories over the past six weeks. For the second time in two games, though, the Rams had to sweat out late drama to keep their winning streak going.
Jeff Dowtin had 19 points and 10 assists, and No. 22 Rhode Island escaped with an 85-83 win over Massachusetts on Tuesday night after the Minutemen botched an intentional missed free throw in the final seconds.
Matthews, Dowtin lead Rhode Island past Bonnies 87-73
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — E.C. Matthews had 20 points with nine rebounds, Jeff Dowtin had 18 points with nine assists and Rhode Island pulled away from St. Bonaventure for an 87-73 win on Saturday that kept the Rams unbeaten in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Terrell lifts Rhode Island past No. 20 Seton Hall, 75-74
NEW YORK (AP) — There was no masking the importance of what had transpired, of what the moment meant, of the opportunity grasped.
Dan Hurley and his Rhode Island Rams entered Brooklyn's Barclays Center for the Preseason NIT with a guaranteed date against No. 20 Seton Hall. Atlantic 10 versus Big East. Mid-major against major conference. National television. Thanksgiving Day.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island and its men's basketball coach have agreed to extend his contract.
The Kingston school said Tuesday that Dan Hurley will continue to lead the Rams through the 2023-24 season.
Upstart 11th seed URI stuns No. 6 Creighton in NCAAs
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dan Hurley stole an occasional glance at the raucous Rhode Island section and realized just how much this NCAA Tournament means to a starved program, and to an entire state that loves its basketball even if far more under the radar than so many of the others featuring powerhouse programs.
Who could blame them? Back in the tournament for the first time in 18 years, these Rams are on a roll they hope lasts a little longer.
For Dan Hurley, NCAA trip brings memories of brother’s wreck
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Dan Hurley saw the Sacramento sign at the airport and the terrifying memories came flooding back.
Hurley's last visit to California's capital city came in 1993, when big brother Bobby — the former Duke star and then-NBA rookie with the Kings — fought for his life after a frightening car accident that the entire, close-knit basketball family realizes could have been far worse. Even fatal.
Bobby Hurley was lucky. He knows it. His brother knows it.
A look at Rhode Island-Creighton in the NCAA Tournament
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — No. 6 seed Creighton (25-9) vs. No. 11 seed Rhode Island (24-9)
First round, Midwest Regional; Sacramento, California; Approximately 4:30 p.m. EDT.
Providence beats No. 21 Rhode Island 63-60
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley knew the Rams were in for a tough one against Providence, which had won the matchup of cross-state rivals six straight times.
He didn't see this coming, though.
Kyron Cartwright, who had made four 3-pointers all season, hit four of five from beyond the arc in the first half. The Providence point guard finished with 19 points and eight assists to lead the Friars to a 63-60 victory over No. 21 Rhode Island on Saturday.
No. 23 Rhode Island beats Belmont 82-73
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley felt the key to defeating Belmont was to limit the Bruins' proficiency from beyond the 3-point arc.
The 23rd-ranked Rams held the Bruins to 18.5 percent shooting (5 of 27) from 3-point range and posted an 82-73 victory Friday night.
"The plan tonight was to keep them to five 3s or less and keep them under 25 percent," Hurley said. "We felt like they wouldn't be able to score enough 2s to beat us if we just eliminated that 3-point line.
No. 21 Rhode Island beats Brown 79-72
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — After coasting through its first two games, No. 21 Rhode Island finally played a team that wasn't out of contention by halftime.
Jared Terrell scored 18 points and E.C. Matthews added 17 as the Rams staved off upset-minded Brown on Wednesday night in Round Two of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off.
Matthews scores 22 as No. 21 Rhode Island tops Marist 107-65
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley thought the key to his players making shots was the way they selected them.
"I'm not sure we took any bad shots," he said Monday night after the 21st-ranked Rams beat Marist 107-65 in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.
Matthews helps No. 23 Rhode Island beat Dartmouth 84-60
KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — A total of 364 days elapsed between games for No. 23 Rhode Island's E.C Matthews.
Matthews, who missed all but 10 minutes of last season after tearing his right ACL, played like he never missed any time as he scored 21 points Friday night to key an 84-61 victory over Dartmouth in the season opener for both teams.