Tristen Newton scored 22 points as No. 6 UConn routed Stonehill College 107-67 on Saturday.
Freshman Stephon Castle contributed 17 points, eight rebounds, and five assists for the defending national champions, who have now won 19 consecutive nonconference games, including last season’s NCAA Tournament run.
Donovan Clingan added 16 points in 17 minutes; Alex Karaban scored 15 points; and Cam Spencer added 12 for the Huskies (2-0).
Jackson Benigni led Stonehill (1-2) with 22 points, with the team in its second year of Division I basketball.
Clingan, playing under a minutes restriction while recovering from a foot injury in the preseason, opened the scoring with a layup. He contributed six points in UConn’s opening 12-0 run, which forced the Skyhawks into a zone.
It didn’t help.
PHOTOS: Newton leads five players in double figures in No. 6 UConn’s 107-67 rout of Stonehill College
Newton hit his first three 3-point attempts and had 14 points by halftime, helping UConn to a 52-30 lead at the break.
The Huskies opened the second half with a 26-4 run in just over seven minutes and cruised from there.
UConn outscored Stonehill 56-26 in the paint and outrebounded the Skyhawks 42-26.
Stonehill: The Skyhawks had secured a 57-44 victory over Army on Thursday night. They are set to face No. 16 Kentucky next week. The program, still in its transition from Division II, won’t be eligible for the NEC Tournament until next season and can’t play in the NCAA Tournament until 2026-27.
UConn: The Huskies’ non-conference schedule gets much tougher with games against Indiana and either Louisville or No. 18 Texas later this month. They will also play in December at No. 1 Kansas and against No. 11 Gonzaga and No. 19 North Carolina.
Stonehill: Travels to Philadelphia to take on Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday night.
UConn: The Huskies host Mississippi Valley State in Hartford on Tuesday.