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STORRS, Conn. – Five games remain in the regular season for the UConn men’s basketball team, as it prepares for a road trip to Greenville, N.C. to take on ECU on Sunday afternoon in American Athletic Conference action.
The Huskies (12-14, 5-8 American) are coming off a narrow 73-71 loss to Tulsa at the XL Center on Thursday night, losing their second-straight game in league play. Tip-off at the Minges Coliseum is at 3 p.m. on ESPNews and the UConn/IMG Radio Network.
Currently tied for eighth in the American, UConn looks to improve their tournament position and build momentum at the end of the regular season. Of the five remaining games, three are on the road against ECU, Cincinnati (Feb. 22) and Houston (March 4).
Sophomore guard Christian Vital recorded his first double-double of the season with a 20-point, 10-rebound performance against the Golden Hurricane, but the Huskies fell in the final seconds after a missed layup at the buzzer by junior guard Jalen Adams.
Adams dished out a season-high 11 assists against Tulsa, adding to his team-best average of 4.4 helpers per game. He continues to lead the team in scoring (17.5), despite tallying just eight points on Thursday – only his second game in single-digits.
UConn won an earlier matchup this season against ECU in Hartford, 70-65, back on Jan. 6. The Huskies are 8-2 all-time against the Pirates.
ECU (10-14, 4-9 American) has had an emotional ride so far this season, starting with a change of head coaches at the end of November, when Jeff Lebo stepped down and assistant Michael Perry was appointed interim head coach. The Pirates are 8-8 at home, including a 2-4 conference home record.
The Pirates are expected to be without leading rebounder and third-leading scorer Kentrell Barkley due to a suspension and second-leading rebounder Jabari Craig is also out of action due to a foot injury. They are led by senior guard B.J. Tyson (14.5), who is the leading scorer in the history of the AAC.
THREE’S FROM EVERYONE
UConn matched a season-high with 11 three pointer’s against Tulsa on Thursday, as four players hit multiple long-range jumpers for the Huskies. Vital led the way with four, while freshman Tyler Polley hit a season-high three from beyond the arc. Redshirt junior Terry Larrier added a pair of three’s in the final minute of the game to erase a seven-point deficit.
HUSKIES IN THE AMERICAN
In four-plus seasons in the American Athletic Conference, UConn has compiled a 47-38 record (.553) in regular-season league play, 30-14 at home and 17-24 on the road. UConn is 5-8 in conference play so far this season. In 34 seasons in the Big East Conference, the Huskies compiled a 325-233 record (.582) in regular-season play.
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