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Adams Scores 25 to Lead UConn Over Temple, 72-66

UConn's graduating class with head coach Kevin Ollie (PC: Steve Slade).
UConn's graduating class with head coach Kevin Ollie (PC: Steve Slade).
Feb. 28, 2018

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) Jalen Adams scored 25 points and dished out eight assists as UConn held-off Temple, 72-66, in the Huskies' final home game of the season on Wednesday night.

Terry Larrier added 13 points for UConn (14-16, 7-10 American), which shot 37 percent from the floor, but made 11 three-pointers.

Obi Enechionyia had 15 points to lead Temple (16-13, 8-9), which has lost three of its last four to fall a half game behind UCF into seventh place in the conference standings. Shizz Alston had 13 points, but made five of his 15 attempts from the floor. Quinton Rose was 5 of 20 and had 11 points.

Temple led by two points at halftime, but UConn opened the second half with a 10-0 run to lead 42-34.

Temple, which shot 36 percent for the game, made just four of their first 20 shots after intermission.

The Owls trailed 51-42, before going on a run of their own. A layup by Nate Pierre-Louis tied the game at 56 with just over four minutes to play. But UConn did not relinquish the lead.

A layup from Adams put the Huskies up 68-62 with 34 seconds to play. That forced Temple to foul the rest of the way and UConn made their free throws.

BIG PICTURE

Temple: The Owls are 8-4 over their last 12 games, but their only losses prior to Wednesday had come to No. 9 Cincinnati, No. 16 Wichita State and a 22-win Houston team.

UConn: It was the final home game for five players, including Larrier, a transfer from VCU who still has a year of eligibility remaining after missing most of last season with a knee injury. Larrier, who played without the mask that had protected a broken sinus wall for the last eight games, says he's not coming back and will try to play professionally next season.

UP NEXT

Temple: The Owls close the regular season on Sunday at Tulsa.

UConn: The Huskies end the regular season on Sunday at No. 25 Houston.


 

 

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