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UConn Resumes Conference Play On Tuesday Against Tulsa

Rodney Purvis was one of three Huskies to reach double-figures in Saturday's win over Cincinnati.
Jan. 12, 2015

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The Last Meeting
December 29, 1978
New Haven, CT

TULSA, Okla. – The UConn men’s basketball team (9-5, 2-1 American) resumes American Athletic play on Tuesday when it tips off against Tulsa (10-5, 3-0 American) at 9:30 p.m. ET at the Reynolds Center in Tulsa. The game can be seen CBS Sports Network, and it will also be broadcasted live by the UConn IMG Radio Network. The Huskies, who are 2-0 on the road this season, can push their winning streak to a season-best four games with a victory over the Golden Hurricane.

Connecticut defeated Cincinnati, 62-56, on Saturday at the XL Center to pick up its second conference win on the year. Senior guard Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.) led all scorers with 18 points to go along with a season-best eight assists, as he reached double-figures for the 12th time this season. Junior guard Omar Calhoun matched a season-high with 12 points, while redshirt sophomore guard Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) chipped in 11 points on 5-10 shooting.

The Bearcats took a 34-30 lead into the break, but the UConn defense clamped down in the second half, holding Cincinnati to just 30.8 percent (8-27) from the floor. Connecticut has now held five of its last seven opponents to under 40 percent, and freshman forward Rakim Lubin (Miami, Fla.) finished Saturday’s contest with a career-high two blocks. It marked just the second time this season that a UConn player other than sophomore center Amida Brimah (Accra, Ghana) led the Huskies in blocks in a game this season.



The Golden Hurricane, winners of five straight, have won each of their first two games as members of the American Athletic Conference and currently stand atop the league standings. Two Tulsa players average double-figures on the season, including guard Shaquille Harrison (15.7 points a game), who has scored at least 20 points in five of Tulsa’s last six games.

Tulsa has thrived in conference play this year, ranking first in defensive field goal percentage (35.0) and turnover margin (+4.0). The Golden Hurricane are also in the top three in league play in rebounding margin (+4.3) and free throw percentage (74.6). Tulsa sports a record of 6-2 at home this season, with its only losses coming to Southeastern Oklahoma (Dec. 10) and Oklahoma (Dec. 13).

Tuesday’s game will be UConn’s first-ever trip to the Reynolds Center and just the second meeting between the two schools. Connecticut downed the Golden Hurricane, 89-68, back in 1978 at the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven. After their game against Tulsa this week, the Huskies will conclude their non-conference schedule with a match-up against Stanford on Saturday night (9 p.m. ET) at Maples Pavilion.