Clingan posts double-double, helps UConn claim 1st outright Big East title since 1999

Former Bristol Central star and current UConn men’s basketball standout Donovan Clingan helped his team clinch its first outright Big East regular season title since 1999 on Sunday at Gampel Pavilion.

Clingan started his day with an emphatic blocked shot. On the offensive end, he found a cutting Stephon Castle for a thunderous dunk. It was just the beginning of a great day for Clingan and the Huskies, who hammered Seton Hall, 91-61, in the home finale.

In another early sequence, Clingan blocked a shot, then worked a pick-and-roll with Tristen Newton for an easy layup.

In the second half, Clingan and Newton again worked the pick-and-roll to perfection, with Clingan ramming home a two-handed slam. Not long after, Clingan ran the floor and Alex Karaban hit him with a perfect chest pass for a two-handed jam.

Clingan finished with an efficient 19 points in 23 minutes. He also had 11 rebounds, five blocked shots, two assists and just two fouls. Clingan shot 7-for-12 from the field and 5-for-8 at the foul line.

Third-ranked UConn (26-3) plays Marquette and Providence on the road to end the regular season.

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