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STORRS, Conn. – The No. 18 UConn men’s basketball team hosts its second game in four days when Northeastern comes to town on Monday night, as the Huskies look to bounce back from an opening loss to Wagner.
In the battle of Huskies at Gampel Pavilion, UConn (0-1) tips-off with Northeastern at 7 p.m., live on SNY and the IMG Radio Network (Hartford – WTIC 1080 AM).
UConn dropped its season opener to the Seahawks on Friday night, 67-58, despite holding a 20-8 edge in points off turnovers. The Huskies shot 46.2-percent in the first half, followed by 26.7-percent in the second.
Redshirt sophomore Terry Larrier scored a game-high 19 points in his UConn debut, sinking 6-of-12 shots from the field and grabbing a team-high seven rebounds in 30 minutes. Larrier was 3-of-7 from long range.
In another debut, freshman Alterique Gilbert scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting with three rebounds in 35 minutes on the floor. Sophomore Jalen Adams scored nine points and dished out five assists in the loss.
Head coach Kevin Ollie’s team looks to rebound from the loss – something they were very good at in 2015-16. The Huskies were 8-2 last season in games following losses.
Northeastern (1-0) is coming off an 87-77 win over Boston University on Friday night, as senior guard T.J. Williams scored a career-high 30 points for the Huskies.
Graduate forward Alex Murphy scored 20 points to go along with Williams in the opening night victory at the Matthews Arena in Boston, Mass.
The Huskies are coming off an 18-15 (9-9) season in the Colonial Athletic Association. Youth makes up the Northeastern roster, with eight freshmen and sophomores on the team and only a pair of seniors.
UConn is 35-4 all-time against Northeastern, including a 59-57 win back on March 16, 2010 in Gampel Pavilion during the NIT.
BY THE NUMBERS
14: Points by Gilbert in his freshman debut. First Husky since Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb to score double-figures in his first game as a freshman. Napier and Lamb scored 12 and 11, respectively, in a 79-52 win over Stony Brook in 2010.
9: Different players recorded rebounds for the Huskies in the opener against Wagner.