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MBB Hits the Road for Temple

Adams is the second leading scorer in the American. (PC: Steve Slade).
Jan. 27, 2018

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STORRS, Conn. –
Coming off a big win against SMU in American Athletic Conference action on Thursday night at Gampel Pavilion, the UConn men’s basketball team looks to build on the momentum when it hits the road for a Sunday night matchup against Temple at the Liacouras Center.

Tip-off between the Huskies (11-9, 4-3 American) and Owls (10-10, 2-6 American) is slated for 8 p.m. on ESPN2, while also being broadcast on the UConn/IMG Radio Network. It is the first of a two-game road trip for UConn, with a game at UCF to follow on Wednesday night.

A defensive-minded effort against the Mustangs helped UConn out of its two-game slide with a 63-52 win, as it scored 21 points off 10 turnovers by SMU – while also holding the visitor to just 28-percent shooting from the floor, the lowest mark of any Husky opponent this season.

Sophomore guard Christian Vital scored a team-high 20 points, while freshman forward Josh Carlton grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds on Thursday. Junior guard Jalen Adams scored 18 points, maintaining his spot as the second-leading scorer in the American with 18.5 points per contest.

When UConn allows 60 points or less, it owns a 5-0 record this season – including a 3-0 mark against American opponents UCF, Tulane and SMU. The Huskies currently sit in fifth place in the standings, but are 1-4 (1-2 American) on the road.

The Huskies are 9-7 all-time against Temple, with a current three-game winning streak against the Owls. UConn swept the season series last year, including a game-winner by Adams in the final seconds in Philadelphia, Pa.


The Owls have had an unpredictable season, with wins over powerful teams Auburn, South Carolina, and SMU, but 10 overall losses. Temple’s three-guard starting lineup is led by sophomore Quinton Rose, who averages 14.1 ppg, junior Shizz Alston (12.9) and senior Josh Brown (3.5 assists). Temple shoots .413 as a team, but allows a .442 shooting clip from opponents.


UConn players have been honored six times this season by selection to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll. Junior Jalen Adams has been named three times (Nov. 27, Jan. 8, Jan. 15), sophomore Christian Vital has been named twice (Nov. 20, Dec. 4), and redshirt junior Terry Larrier has been named once (Nov. 13).


Through AAC games of Jan. 26, the UConn duo of Adams and Vital are the top scoring tandem in the conference with a 36.0 ppg average. The duo of Adams and redshirt junior Terry Larrier are the second top scoring tandem at 33.7 and the tandem of Vital and Larrier ranks sixth in the league at 31.9. Ranking third is the Tulane duo of Melvin Frazier and Cam Reynolds at 32.3.