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Adams' Season-High 31 Lifts UConn Past Monmouth

Huskies improve to 5-0 at home (PC: Steve Slade).
Dec. 02, 2017

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Jalen Adams scored 31 points, including a floater in the lane in overtime that helped UConn to an 84-81 come-from-behind win on Saturday over Monmouth, the Huskies' second consecutive overtime win.

Adams shot gave UConn an 81-80 lead with 32 seconds left in extra time.

Monmouth's Micah Seaborn then missed a 3-pointer from the right baseline and Christian Vital hit two foul shots to give the Huskies a three-point lead with five seconds left.

Vital fouled Marcus McClary in the backcourt, but the Monmouth guard hit only 1 of 2 foul shots. Vital made 1 of 2 on the other end to secure the win.

Adams was 13 of 22 from the floor for the Huskies, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range.

Vital had 19 points and Terry Larrier added 16 points and eight rebounds for UConn (6-2).

Seaborn was 10 of 17 from the floor and had 27 points for Monmouth (3-5), which led by six points at halftime.

The Huskies used a 13-0 second-half run to take a seven-point lead, before Monmouth and Seaborn got hot again.

Zach Tillman's layup gave Monmouth a one-point lead, before Adams tied the game at 74 from the foul line with 33 seconds left.

Monmouth's Austin Tilghman missed a 3-pointer and Adams desperation half-court shot hit the back of the rim, sending the game into overtime.


Monmouth: Seaborn, the team's leading scorer at better than 13 points per game, was expected to miss some major time after aggravating the injury to his surgically repaired left knee against Virginia two weeks ago. But he came back on Monday to score 13 points off the bench against Albany and played 37 minutes on Saturday.

UConn: Point guard Alterique Gilbert missed his second consecutive game with discomfort in his surgically repaired left shoulder. Forward Eric Cobb, who hasn't played since Nov. 19 when he suffered an ankle sprain, played just three minutes.


Monmouth: The Hawks return home Wednesday to face Hofstra before taking on Kentucky in New York City.

UConn: The Huskies head to New York to play Syracuse on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic. That will be the Huskies seventh game since Nov. 19.