LOS ANGELES (AP) Terry Larrier scored 14 points, including the go-ahead basket, and UConn held on to beat Loyola Marymount 65-62 on Thursday night.
Although the Huskies (1-2) trailed much of the second half, Larrier's basket with 2:20 to play gave UConn a 63-62 lead and Jalen Adams added two free throws with 20 seconds left.
Brandon Brown's 3-point attempt at the buzzer would have forced overtime for the Lions (1-2), but it hit off the rim and the Huskies escaped with their first win of the season.
Kelvin Amayo - a transfer from Iona who was granted a sixth year waiver following knee surgery - led LMU with 18 points. Buay Tuach scored 12 points and Brandon Brown added 10 points.
Amida Brimah scored 9 points and 10 rebounds for UConn.
UConn started the season ranked 18th but suffered a pair of setbacks at home to start the season against Wagner and Northeastern.
Both teams showed offensive spurts in the opening half but neither team maintained them.
Alterique Gilbert led the Huskies with 10 points in the first half, but dislocated his left shoulder after colliding with a defender while chasing a loose ball late in the half. He remained down on the court for several minutes before the training staff led him off to the locker room.
UConn: Thursday was the third game of a hectic beginning to the 2016-17 season, which the Huskies will play seven games in 20 days and also take a 10,200-mile road trip during that span.
LMU: The Lions coach, former NBA coach Mike Dunlap, figures to improve LMU's 14-17 record from a year ago. Dunlap has formed a strong nucleus of transfers, junior college players and newcomers.
UConn travels to the Island of Maui for the fourth time to participate in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational starting Monday against Oklahoma State, followed by games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
LMU has an eight-day break before hosting Portland State, followed by games against Boise State and Southern Utah before concluding its four-game home stand.