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Uconn Clinches Big East Title With Dominant Win

Retired UConn mascot Jonathan XIV, right, looks at his successor, Jonathan XV, after the collar has been passed during a halftime ceremony of an NCAA college basketball game between UConn and Seton Ha

UConn's men's basketball team clinched its first outright Big East regular-season title in 25 years with a commanding 91-61 victory over Seton Hall. The Huskies, ranked No. 3, displayed a balanced offensive performance led by Donovan Clingan's 19 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Stephon Castle contributed 21 points, while Tristen Newton recorded 17 points and 10 assists. Alex Karaban added 13 points to the winning effort.

Seton Hall's Dre Davis and Kadary Richmond led their team with 20 and 15 points, respectively, but it wasn't enough to overcome UConn's dominance. UConn shot an impressive 56% from the field and outscored Seton Hall 52-30 in the paint.

Seton Hall briefly held a lead in the first half, but UConn responded with a 15-2 run, highlighted by Castle's electrifying dunks. The Huskies entered halftime with a 15-point lead and continued their strong performance in the second half, outscoring Seton Hall 47-32.

Key Takeaways
Balanced offensive performance led by Clingan, Castle, Newton, and Karaban.
UConn clinches first outright Big East title in 25 years.
UConn shoots 56% from the field, outscoring Seton Hall in the paint.
Castle's electrifying dunks highlight UConn's 15-2 run in the first half.
Seton Hall faces NCAA Tournament bubble after loss.
UConn completes first undefeated home season since 2005-06.
Seton Hall to play Villanova and DePaul in remaining home games.
UConn set to visit Marquette and Providence to close out the season.

Seton Hall, initially predicted to finish ninth in the conference, is now on the bubble for an NCAA Tournament berth. UConn's victory marked their first undefeated home season since 2005-06 and their first outright Big East regular-season title since 1999.

Upcoming Games

Seton Hall will face Villanova and DePaul in their remaining home games. UConn's next matchups include visits to Marquette and Providence to close out the season.

For more college basketball updates and AP Top 25 rankings, stay tuned to AP Top 25 College Basketball Poll and AP College Basketball.

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