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STORRS, Conn. – Coming off a near triple-double performance against Tulsa on Wednesday night, junior guard Jalen Adams leads the UConn men’s basketball team into the weekend with a matchup against ECU on Saturday at the XL Center.
The Huskies (7-7, 0-2 American) look to snap a four-game losing streak when the Pirates come to town – a game that will air on ESPNews and the UConn/IMG Radio Network. UConn is 3-1 at the XL Center and 6-1 at home this season.
Adams scored 29 points, grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and dished out nine assists in Wednesday’s 90-88 double-overtime loss to Tulsa at the Reynolds Center. Sophomore guard Christian Vital added 22 points on five three-pointers in the loss.
Since going 7-3 in their first 10 games, the Huskies have lost consecutive matchups to No. 18 Arizona, Auburn, No. 8 Wichita State and Tulsa. However, the streak could be broken Saturday as UConn holds a 7-2 edge in the all-time series against ECU – dating back to 1966.
Adams leads the American Athletic Conference in points (19.0) and minutes played (38.5) per game, while being just 28 points shy of 1,000 for his UConn career. If he achieves the mark, he will be the 50th player in UConn history to hit the milestone.
Redshirt junior Terry Larrier (15.9) and Vital (13.9) continue to average double-figures for the Huskies, helping Adams with the offensive production. Larrier is shooting a team-best 40-percent (10-of-25) from long range over the past five games.
ECU (7-7, 1-2 American) is coming off a 67-65 road win at USF on Wednesday, which broke a two-game losing streak. The Pirates’ top scorer is senior B.J. Tyson (15.4), with juniors Issac Fleming (13.2) and Kentrell Barkley (12.3) also in double figures. Senior Jabari Craig leads the Pirates in rebounding (7.1) and Fleming leads in assists (4.7).
SHARING THE BALL
Going into Wednesday’s game, UConn was averaging 9.3 assists per contest this season. However, the Huskies generated twice as many assists (18) against Tulsa – a season-best – with Adams accounting for nine. A season-low seven turnovers was also achieved, even after a long 50 minute-game (regulation plus two overtimes).
The UConn-ECU series dates back 51 years and includes nine games, the last five as both were members of the American Athletic Conference. UConn holds a 7-2 edge overall and a 4-1 advantage as AAC colleagues. The Pirates won the last meeting between the schools, however, last March at Minges Coliseum.
UConn welcomes UCF to Gampel Pavilion next Wednesday, Jan. 10, before hitting the road for conference action against Tulane (Jan. 13) and Memphis (Jan. 16). Four games remain before the big matchup against No. 3 Villanova at the XL Center on Jan. 20.
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