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Adams Leads UConn Past Chaminade, 93-82

Nov. 22, 2016

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LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Jalen Adams had 25 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, helping Connecticut survive for a 93-82 victory over Division II Chaminade Tuesday in the Maui Invitational.

UConn (2-3) had a hard time shaking the deep-shooting Silverswords (2-2), who have had a penchant for knocking off big-name opponents.

The Huskies shot 61 percent, yet weren't able to pull away from Chaminade until the closing minutes.

Rodney Purvis had 23 points and Vance Jackson added 16 and for UConn, which was without forward Terry Larrier after he injured his left knee against Oklahoma State in the tournament opener.

Rohndell Goodwin had 20 points, Sam Daly and Kiran Shastri had 19 each for Chaminade, which made 14 of 32 from 3-point range.

The Silverswords hit 6 of 10 shots to lead 18-13 and, unlike the night before against No. 4 North Carolina, pushed back when a bigger team tried to lean on them.

Chaminade trailed by seven, but tied the game at 39-all late in the first half on a layup by Austin Pope and Goodwin's short jumper after a turnover on the inbound play.

The Silverswords hit 9 of 17 from 3-point range in the first half and were tied with the Huskies at 45-all.

Adams carried UConn in the opening 20 minutes with 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds.

The Silverswords continued to go right at the Huskies in the second half, dropping in long-range 3-pointers and driving fearlessly to the rim to stay within 61-60 midway through.

UConn finally started to gain some separation as the Silverswords started missing shots they had been making all day.

The Huskies stretched their lead to 80-71 on Purvis' corner 3-pointer with about 5 minutes left.