GREENVILLE, N.C. – The UConn men’s basketball team (15-11, 8-6 American) returns to action on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET) on the road against conference newcomer East Carolina (12-15, 5-9 American) at Williams Arena in North Carolina. The game will be broadcasted by ESPNU, and it can also be heard live on the UConn IMG Radio Network. Connecticut enters the contest with a 3-6 record on the road this season, and the Huskies are 2-5 in road games against American Athletic foe on the year.
UConn downed Tulane, 67-60, at Gampel Pavilion on Sunday behind 35 combined points from sophomore center Amida Brimah (Accra, Ghana) and senior guard Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.). Brimah connected on all eight of his field goal attempts, as he finished with a game-high 19 points, while Boatright (16 points) moved into No. 12 on Connecticut’s all-time scoring list with 1,650 points.
Freshman guard Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.) continued to stuff the stat sheet, ending the game with seven points to go along with nine rebounds and nine assists. He has tallied 16 assists over his last two contests, and on Monday he was tabbed as the Conference Rookie of the Week. The Huskies shot 53.1 percent against the Green Wave, as they finished a game above 50 percent from the floor for the sixth time this year. With the win, UConn improved to 10-3 in home games this year.
East Carolina moved past USF, 73-60, on Saturday to snap a two-game losing streak. Guards B.J. Tyson and Caleb White each scored 19 points to pace the Pirates, who have won each of their last four home games. Tyson and White are one of three East Carolina players to average double-figures on the year, while Michel-Ofik Nzege leads all Pirates with 5.0 rebounds a game.
ECU boasts a record of 11-3 overall at home this year, and its only home losses in league play came against Tulane (Dec. 31) and Tulsa (Jan. 24). The Pirates rank seventh in the conference in scoring offense (64.3), and they have allowed 65.0 points per game, good for the eighth-best mark among American Athletic schools. ECU has shot 42.1 percent from the floor on the year, and the Pirates average 21 shots from behind the arc per game.
UConn defeated ECU, 65-52, earlier this month (Feb. 4) in Storrs behind a game-high 23 points from Boatright. The Huskies are 4-1 all-time against the Pirates in a series that dates back to 1966, and Connecticut has won each of the last three meetings.
After Wednesday, UConn will resume conference play at home in Hartford against No. 21 SMU. The game, which will be broadcasted by CBS, tips off at 2 p.m. ET.
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