By Harvey Hoffman
UConn coach Dan Hurley started three freshmen and they responded with a 78-63 win over visiting AAC rival Temple.
Christian Vital led six Huskies in double figures with 15 points. James Bouknight and Brendan Adams each added 12 points, while Josh Carlton, Isaiah Whaley and Akok Akok had 10 apiece for Connecticut.
Nate Pierre-Louis scored 20 points and Quinton Rose had 15 for Temple (10-10, 2-6), which has lost four in a row and seven of its last eight.
UConn, which had been beaten by six points or fewer in every game during its recent skid, never trailed in this one.
The Huskies held the Owls scoreless for a 5 1/2 minute stretch in the first half, opened up an 18-point lead and went into halftime up 36-21.