UConn easily beats Xavier 73-37 without ailing Auriemma

UConn forward Aubrey Griffin (44) drives against Xavier’s Fernanda Ovalle (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

CINCINNATI — Aubrey Griffin scored 19 points and injury-riddled UConn, playing without coach Geno Auriemma due to illness, beat Xavier 73-37 on Thursday night for its sixth straight victory.