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Men's Basketball Opens Preseason Play With 88-72 Win Over Tampa

Shonn Miller connected on 8-of-11 shots from the field on Sunday.
Nov. 1, 2015

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STORRS, Conn. - Forward Shonn Miller (Euclid, Ohio) scored a team-best 18 points in his Husky debut to lead the UConn men's basketball team to an 88-72 win over the University of Tampa in the team's 2015-16 exhibition opener on Sunday at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion.

Shonn Miller connected on
8-of-11 shots from the field.

Miller was 8-of-11 from the field and also added six rebounds and a pair of blocks in the win. Sophomore standout and American Athletic Conference Preseason First Team All-Conference Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.) chipped in 10 points and grabbed a team-best eight rebounds, while redshirt-junior Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) added 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting.

As a team, the Huskies shot 48.5 percent (33-of-68) from the field and held the Spartans to a 37.3 shooting percentage in the 40-minute contest. The Huskies carried a 36-30 lead into the halftime break and outscored Tampa, 52-to-42, over the final 20 minutes of the contest.

In total, nine different Huskies recorded at least one field goal and five players reached double-figures. On the defensive end, junior center Amida Brimah rejected a game-best four shots.

Sunday's tilt was Tampa's first against a Division I opponent since 2013-14.

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The Huskies round out exhibition play on Saturday, Nov. 7 when they host in-state foe UNH at the XL Center. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.