Sanogo stars then sits against St. John’s
Connecticut forward Adama Sanogo (21) shoots against St. John’s in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.
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STORRS — Adama Sanogo showed he can be major force in the Big East on Monday afternoon. But the UConn freshman center didn’t get to show anything for the final 12 minutes of the Huskies’ loss to St. John’s.
Sanogo had a career-high 12 points, making six of his 11 shots from the floor, to go along with four rebounds in UConn’s 74-70 defeat. But he spent the final 12:45 on the bench, even though he was not in foul trouble.
“When they went small the last 10 minutes we couldn’t play Adama,” UConn coach Dan Hurley explained after the game.
Hurley’s focus is almost always on the defensive end of the court first, and he didn’t think Adama was a good matchup for any of the Red Storm players on the court.
Still, Hurley was impressed with his big man.
“You can see some of the promise there from Adama,” Hurley said. “He’s probably the only good thing that happened today.”
For his part, Sanogo admitted he wanted to play more but understood the coach’s decision.
“I think it was tough because I think I should play a little bit more because they were playing four guards. So it was a little tough for coach to play me at the end of the game,” Sanogo said.