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UConn Welcomes Houston To Gampel Pavilion on Sunday

Rodney Purvis scored 18 points off the bench in a win over USF on Feb. 25
Feb. 26, 2016

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STORRS, Conn. ---
With its undefeated season record at Gampel Pavilion on the line, the UConn men’s basketball team plays host to the University of Houston in an American Athletic Conference game on Sunday, Feb. 28. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network, with radio coverage on the UConn/IMG Radio Network.

The Last Meeting
January 17, 2016
Houston, Texas
Gibbs, Miller rally UConn past Houston 69-57
Sterling Gibbs scored 20 points, Shonn Miller added 14, including the last eight of the game, and UConn closed on a 16-3 run to defeat Houston 69-57 on Sunday. Gibbs started the run with back-to-back 3-pointers for a 59-54 lead with 5:21 left. After a Houston free throw at 4:14, Gibbs made two free throws and he answered a Cougars basket by feeding Miller for a dunk with 2:07 remaining. Miller also scored the final three baskets after two Houston misses and a turnover. Daniel Hamilton also had 14 points for the Huskies (12-5, 3-2 American) and Jalen Adams had 13.

The Huskies (20-8 overall, 10-5 The American) have a perfect 7-0 record at their on-campus facility this year with two games remaining on the regular-season schedule, today’s game against Houston and the March 6 regular-season finale against UCF. UConn has not posted an undefeated record at Gampel since the 2008-09 season.

Houston (20-8, 10-6) has been the surprise team of the AAC, already notching 10 league wins, the highest for the Cougars since they joined the league in 20013-14. The Cougars, boasting a wealth of athletic talent, suffered through a midseason lull, losing four straight games, but have since gained a second wind, winning seven of their last nine contests. Houston sits just a half-game behind UConn in the AAC standings as the teams jockey for position for the upcoming American Conference Championship.

UConn is coming off an impressive 81-51 victory on the road over USF on Thursday. The Huskies held the Bulls to just 13 first-half points and took a 28-13 lead into the locker room at halftime. UConn then started the second half with a 15-3 run to put the game out of reach. UConn shot a sizzling 69.0 percent in the second half and 57.1 percent for the game, while holding USF to just 28.0 percent shooting.

The Huskies put four players in double figures, led by 18 points from junior Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) off the bench. He was joined by Shonn Miller (16), Jalen Adams (12) and Amida Brimah (10) in the double-figure scoring column.

The victory clinched the sixth consecutive 20-win season for the Huskies, the last four under Coach Kevin Ollie. UConn has won at least 20 games in 17 of the last 19 seasons.

It will be the second time the Huskies have met Houston this season and gives the Huskies a chance to sweep the season series following their 69-57 win at Houston on Jan. 17. UConn is 4-2 all-time against Houston, 2-2 as conference rivals.

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