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STORRS, Conn. – One preseason game remains for the UConn men’s basketball team, as it plays its final exhibition game on Sunday in the newly-renovated Gampel Pavilion against Queens College at 5:30 p.m. (ET).
The men's team plays the second part of a Sunday doubleheader, as the unanimous No. 1 UConn women’s basketball team hosts Ashland beginning at 1 p.m. (ET) in Gampel.
Husky Vision will be streaming the game on Sunday for paid subscribers, while the UConn/IMG Radio Network will have Joe D'Ambrosio and Wayne Norman calling the action.
UConn’s home arena on campus underwent roof repairs for the last five months, replacing ceiling tiles for a more modern look. Sunday’s games will be the first competitive events to take place in Gampel since the completion of the project.
When Queens College comes to town on Sunday, it will mark the final exhibition for the Huskies before they open their season on Friday night against Colgate. Tip-off against the Raiders is at 7 p.m. and the game will be aired on SNY.
Coming off a dominant 79-63 win over Merrimack this past Monday at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., the Huskies look to continue building momentum heading into the season. Redshirt junior Terry Larrier scored a game-high 17 points in the victory.
UConn scored 70 of its 79 points in the paint against the Warriors, taking advantage of its size advantage in the post. The Huskies bounced back from a 90-76 loss to Providence in their first exhibition at Mohegan Sun on Oct. 25.
SCOUTING QUEENS COLLEGE
The Knights, a member of the East Coast Conference, are led by head coach Matt Collier in his second season with the team. Queens went 13-13 (10-8 ECC) last season, losing to Bridgeport in the ECC Championship Quarterfinals. The top four scorers all from a year ago have graduated, leaving the Knights with a young team – including six freshmen and four sophomores.
HUSKIES BY THE NUMBERS
UConn shot 50.7-percent (38-of-75) from the field against Merrimack, despite shooting just 1-of-14 from beyond the arc. The Huskies held a 70-24 advantage in the paint and 20-7 in second-chance points, which was aided by a 45-34 rebounding edge. Redshirt freshman Mamadou Diarra and freshman Isaiah Whaley added 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the win.
The Huskies begin the 2017-18 season with three consecutive home games, beginning on Friday against Colgate in Storrs. Matchups with Stony Brook on Nov. 14 (XL Center, 7 p.m.) and Boston University on Nov. 19 (XL Center, 6 p.m.) follow the opener, before the team travels cross-country to participate in the PK80 – Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Ore. from Nov. 23-26.
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