No. 1 UConn clinched their ninth consecutive victory by defeating Providence 74-65, with freshman Stephon Castle shining with a career-high 20 points.

Despite a combined total of 48 fouls and 23 missed free throws between the rivals, UConn managed to secure the win by making 21 of 25 free throws in the second half.

Tristen Newton's 16 points and 11 rebounds, along with contributions from Cam Spencer (15 points) and Alex Karaban (12 points), bolstered UConn's performance.

Providence's Josh Oduro and Devin Carter each scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds, with Carter registering 16 points in the second half.

Both Oduro and UConn's Donovan Clingan faced early foul trouble, limiting Clingan to just 15 minutes of play.

Despite the Friars' efforts, including a 6-0 run early in the second half, UConn maintained control with Castle's three-pointers and timely plays.

UConn's lead expanded to as much as 13-2, propelled by technical fouls on Providence's bench and key plays by Spencer and Castle.

Although Providence narrowed the gap multiple times, UConn secured the win with crucial plays from Newton

and Clingan down the stretch, maintaining their lead for most of the second half.

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