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Balanced Offense Leads UConn Past East Carolina For 85-67 Win

Feb. 07, 2016

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Shonn Miller and Rodney Purvis led five UConn players in double figures with 16 points each and the Huskies beat East Carolina 85-67 on Sunday to pick up their third consecutive win and sixth in their last seven games.

Daniel Hamilton filled up the scoresheet again, scoring 12 points and grabbing 16 rebounds and dishing out five assists. Jalen Adams added 14 points for UConn (17-6, 7-3 American Athletic).

Prince Williams scored 21 points to lead East Carolina (10-13, 2-8), which has lost two in row.

UConn used a 9-0 run early in the second half to take its lead from 48-44 to 57-44 in just over two minutes. A 3-pointer by Sterling Gibbs a short time later made it 65-47 and another made it 70-49 midway through the second half, putting the Huskies in control.

The Huskies outscored ECU 50-22 in the paint.

Hamilton scored 10 points in the second half. It was his sixth double-double of the season and the 11th of his career.

He failed to reach double figures in five of UConn's previous nine games, but had 16 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists against Memphis on Thursday

The freshman Adams, who has emerged to become UConn's starting point guard, had 10 of the Huskies' first 24 points. He and Miller each had 12 points in the first half, when the Huskies shot 65.4 percent from the field.

Adams hit seven of his eight shots. UConn hit 11 of their first 12 shots from inside the arc and seven different Huskies scored before intermission.

B.J. Tyson opened the game with a 3-pointer for East Carolina, but it was Williams' shooting that kept the Pirates in the game in the first half. He hit four of his eight shots and was 3 of 4 from 3-point range.

Tyson finished with 11 points.

UConn went on a late 7-0 run before Kentan Facey was called for a personal foul and Philip Nolan was hit with a technical just before the halftime buzzer. Kentrell Barkley and Williams each made 1 of 2 foul shots and the Huskies went into halftime leading 42-33.

Williams scored eight straight East Carolina points to cut the UConn lead to four early in the second half, before the Huskies went on its 22-5 run.

East Carolina had won two of its last three games after losing its first six league games. The Pirates won at Memphis and beat Temple at home before losing to Houston in two overtimes on Jan. 30.

UConn's 7-foot center Amida Brimah returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Dec. 12. He suffered a groin issue that game then broke a finger in practice and missed 11 games before playing against Memphis last week.

TIP-INS

East Carolina: Prince Williams has scored in double figures in five straight games, and 18 or more in the Pirates' last four games. He has had hit 14 of his 25 3-pointers in those contests.

UConn: The Huskies have held their last 10 opponents under 40 percent shooting. East Carolina shot 37.1 percent from the floor.

UP NEXT:

East Carolina: The Pirates return home to host Tulane on Wednesday night.

UConn: The Huskies travel to Philadelphia to face Temple on Thursday night.


 

 

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