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STORRS, Conn. – After earning a regular season sweep over Memphis on Thursday night at FedExForum, the UConn men’s basketball team returns home to Harry A. Gampel Pavilion to host East Carolina on Sunday, Feb. 7. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. on CBS Sports Network with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
UConn (16-6, 6-3 The American) grabbed its second-straight win on Thursday, topping Memphis, 77-57. Sophomore standout Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.) notched his team-leading sixth double-double of the season, scoring 16 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. Redshirt-junior guard Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) added 15 points off the bench as the Huskies outscored the Tigers, 41-20, over the final 20 minutes of the contest.
The Huskies own a 5-1 all-time record against the Pirates in a series that dates back to the 1966-67 season. The Huskies won both conference matchups a season ago, including an 11 point win on the road in the last meeting on Feb. 25, 2015.
East Carolina (10-12, 2-7), which has won two of its last three, has been idle since Jan. 30, following a 97-93 double-overtime loss at home to Houston. The Pirates are led in scoring by guard B.J. Tyson (15.2) and forward Caleb White (13.5). Forward Kentrell Barkley is the team’s top rebounder (6.0), while guard Prince Williams leads in assists (4.1).
Through 22 games, Connecticut leads The American and checks in at No. 3 in the country with a .368 opponent field goal percentage. The team has held opponents to sub 40-percent shooting in 17 contests in 2015-16. Individually, Hamilton ranks seventh in the nation with 7.86 defensive rebounds per game.
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