Adama Sanogo leads No. 20 UConn behind No. 18 Alabama 82-67

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Dan Hurley is poised for his UConn team to make the most of wins and win some titles, even in early-season tournaments.

The huskies get their chance on Sunday.

Adama Sanogo scored 11 of his 25 points during a crucial run midway through the second half, and No. 20 UConn prevailed in Friday night’s semifinals at the Phil Knight Invitational for an 82-67 win over No. 18 Alabama.

UConn meets Iowa State in the championship game, while Alabama will take on No. 1 seeded North Carolina in Sunday’s third-place playoff.

“The whole mindset of our program this year is like we’ve been struggling for the past few years,” Hurley said. “Fought in the Great East. Participation in tournaments. We’re trying to move from competitor to champion and we’ll get the chance to do that on Sunday.”

While whistles calling fouls dominated most of the night, the UConn crowd’s cheers prevailed in the final 10 minutes as Sanogo and the Huskies finally made a split. The 6-foot-9 forward helped UConn (7-0) turn a 50-50 tie into a 63-53 lead with 5:32. Sango punctuated the 13-3 advance with a fast break dunk and a 3-pointer.