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Exhibition Game on Monday at XL Center

Freshman Tyler Polley prepares to shoot vs. Providence (PC: Steve Slade).
Oct. 27, 2017


STORRS, Conn. –
Junior Jalen Adams leads the UConn men’s basketball team when it opens up play at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. on Monday night, as Merrimack comes to town for an exhibition game beginning at 7 p.m. (ET).

Coming off a 90-76 loss to Providence on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun, the Huskies continue their preseason against the Warriors. The UConn/IMG Radio Network will be broadcasting the game, with Joe D’Ambrosio and Wayne Norman on the call. Husky Vision will produce a live stream for fans watching at home.

The Huskies and Friars played in front of a crowd of 6,415 fans, raising $75,000 for the American Red Cross to benefit hurricane relief victims. Donations are being accepted at, while a $10 donation can be made by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

Adams scored a game-high 22 points on 5-of-15 shooting, seeing his first competitive action since being named to the Preseason American Athletic Conference First Team. Sophomore Christian Vital added 17 points in the loss.

Playing time was distributed among 11 players for the Huskies, including true freshmen Josh Carlton, Tyler Polley and Isaiah Whaley. UConn shot 46.4-percent (13-of-28) from the floor in the second half, tightening up a once-27 point deficit.

Redshirt junior Terry Larrier and redshirt freshman Alterique Gilbert made their returns for UConn after sustaining season-ending injuries last November, just a few games into the 2016-17 season. The duo combined for 15 points and eight rebounds.

UConn is scheduled for a pair of home exhibition games over the next 10 days, including a doubleheader with women’s basketball at Gampel Pavilion on Nov. 5. The women’s team plays Ashland at 1 p.m. and the men’s team plays Queens College at 5:30 p.m.


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The Huskies went 6-4 (.600) in the XL Center during the 2016-17 season, including games in the American Athletic Conference Tournament (2-1).


UConn is 53-7 in exhibition games over the last 31 years and has not lost a practice game at home (Gampel Pavilion or XL Center) since Nov. 21, 1993 against Marathon Oil.


In two weeks, the Huskies play their regular season opener against Colgate on Nov. 10 at Gampel Pavilion. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. (ET) and will be aired on SNY. UConn plays its first three games at home this season against Colgate, Stony Brook (Nov. 14 – XL Center) and Boston University (Nov. 19 – XL Center).