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UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Junior guard Jalen Adams scored 22 points and sophomore guard Christian Vital added 17 but the University of Connecticut men's basketball team dropped a 90-76 exhibition decision to Providence College on Wednesday night in front of 6,415 people at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
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"It was a great opportunity for us to play a high-quality team before our first exhibition game," head coach Kevin Ollie said. "I really thought our young guys played very well. We have a lot of things to correct but that's what exhibitions are all about. Providence is a very good team."
UConn trailed by nine points, 40-31, at the break but Providence was able to extend the lead to 27 points, 78-51, with 7:41 remaining in regulation. However, the Huskies charged out to a 16-2 run over to pull within 13 points with under four-minutes left in regulation.
That was as close as UConn would get though as PC finished off the 90-76 win.
Adams' 22 came on 5-15 shooting but the Preseason American Athletic Conference First Team selection was 11-12 from the charity stripe. Vital was 6-14 from the field in 27-minutes of action.
UConn committed only 10 turnovers and outscored PC 9-5 in second-chance points but the Huskies shot just 37 percent from the field in their first action of the season. Providence shot 67 percent from the floor and scorched the nets at 53 percent from beyond the three-point arc. The Friars jumped out to a 15-5 lead less than six-minutes into the contest after connecting on five of their first seven attempts from the field. The Huskies answered with five-straight points, capped by an acrobatic old-fashioned three-point play from Adams.
PC extended its lead to 13 points after an 8-0 run but the Huskies pulled to within nine points, 40-31, after stringing together some solid defensive possessions down the stretch.
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UConn will continue exhibition action Monday, October 30 when the team welcomes Division II Merrimack to the XL Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and fans can watch via live video stream on UConnHuskies.com or listen on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.