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Men's Hoops Rolling Into Philadelphia on Sunday

Feb. 17, 2017

Game Info

UConn vs. Temple

Date & Time

Sunday, Feb. 19 | 4 p.m.

Venue & Location

Liacouras Center - Philadelphia, Pa.


ESPN | UConn/IMG Radio Network

Live Stats


Game Notes


STORRS, Conn. – When the UConn men’s basketball team needed sophomore guard Jalen Adams the most, he delivered. Scoring 17 of his 19 points in the second half against Memphis on Thursday, he propelled the Huskies to fourth place in the American Athletic Conference.

UConn (13-12, 8-5 American), now above .500 for the first time this season, looks to keep climbing in the standings when it travels to play Temple on Sunday at 4 p.m. Game coverage is available on ESPN.

The Huskies picked an important time for its biggest comeback win of the season, overcoming a once 17-point deficit to the Tigers at the XL Center – the site of the AAC Tournament from March 9-12.

Adams scored a game-high 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting, leading the Huskies to a 39-22 scoring advantage in the final 20 minutes. The victory also avenges a loss to Memphis back on Jan. 5 in the FedExForum, 70-61.

Eyes now shift to the Owls, who lost to UConn – 73-59 – in Gampel Pavilion on Jan. 11. Currently riding their second three-game winning streak of the season, the Huskies have won six of their last seven games overall.

Four players are averaging double-digit scoring in conference play, led by senior Rodney Purvis and his 13.9 points per game. Adams (12.8), senior Kentan Facey (12.5) and freshman Christian Vital (10.3) are also included.

UConn is 8-7 all-time against Temple and has won two straight against the Owls. In the first meeting, Facey had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds in the winning effort.


The Owls (14-13, 5-9 American) have been up-and-down recently, winning three of their last five games – but are coming off a 78-64 loss to ninth-place ECU on Wednesday. Prior to that, they beat Memphis, 74-62, in Philadelphia.

Shizz Alston, Jr. leads the team with 13.7 points per game, while Obi Enechionyia has 13 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds per contest.

Temple leads the conference with 8.9 made three-point attempts per game this season, as it has five players that are averaging 35-percent or better from long range.


13: Point-deficit was previously UConn’s season-best in a comeback win this season (vs. Tulane on Jan. 28). Thursday night’s win, after trailing by 17 to Memphis, is the new mark.

49.2%: Three-point shooting for UConn over the past seven games. Purvis (51.1) and Vital (51.4) are both above 50-percent.

1: Game behind Houston for the third-place spot in the conference. Next Wednesday, the two teams meet in the Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, Texas.