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Men's Basketball Faces Burrell, SCSU on Saturday

Rodney Purvis vs. New Haven in Sunday's exhibition (photo by Steve Slade).
Nov. 3, 2016

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STORRS, Conn. -
Recently ranked No. 18 in the AP Top 25 Preseason Poll, the UConn men's basketball team is ready for its second exhibition game against Southern Connecticut State on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Gampel Pavilion.

Though not televised, the game can be watched on Husky Vision, followed on Game Tracker or monitored @UConnMBB on Twitter. The links to all three options are listed above.

The Huskies will welcome UConn alum, NBA champion and Owls' head coach Scott Burrell back to Storrs, as head coach Kevin Ollie's squad looks to build momentum heading into the season-opener next Friday against Wagner.

Last Sunday, the Huskies beat New Haven in the XL Center, 83-68. Freshman Vance Jackson led the way with 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting from long range. Five UConn players in total scored in double-figures.

In his first game suiting up for UConn, redshirt sophomore Terry Larrier had 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds in 31 minutes. Sophomore Jalen Adams added 12 points and four rebounds in the win over the Chargers.

11 players saw action out of the 14 who suited up for the Huskies on Sunday, including all five freshmen. Alterique Gilbert, American Preseason Rookie of the Year, recorded five points and five assists in 24 minutes in his UConn debut.

Picked to finish second in the American Athletic Conference Preseason Poll, the Huskies host SCSU in an exhibition for the second time in the last three seasons. UConn won a 70-62 contest with the Owls back on Nov. 4, 2014.

SCOUTING THE SCSU OWLS

Southern Connecticut (22-8, 17-3 Northeast-10) is coming off its third consecutive season that resulted in a trip to the Division II NCAA Tournament. The Owls lost in the first round of the 2016 tournament to Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Five seniors return for Burrell, now in his second season as head coach, including senior star player Michael Mallory (Waterbury, Conn.). Mallory, a graduate of Holy Cross High School, averaged a team-best 23.0 points per game as a junior.

The departure of Torrington, Conn. native and Northeast-10 Player of the Year Desmond Williams leaves a big spot to be filled, but SCSU returns four of its top five scorers from 2015-16.

NEXT UP

The Huskies host Wagner on Friday night in the opening game of the regular season. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. (ET) in Gampel Pavilion. Single game tickets can be purchased HERE.


 

 

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