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STORRS, Conn. --- Fresh off an impressive showing in its season opener, the UConn men's basketball team plays the second of three straight games at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion to start the 2015-16 season when it entertains New Hampshire on Tuesday, with tipoff at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on SNY and can be heard on the IMG/WTIC UConn Radio Network.
The Huskies (1-0), ranked No. 20 and 24 in the two national polls, began the new season with a convincing 100-56 victory over the University of Maine on Nov. 13. It was their 16th consecutive win in an overall season opener and ran their perfect record of Gampel Pavilion openers to 27-0. UConn has an overall record of 161-29 (.847) at Gampel since the building opened in 1990, including a 79-7 record (.919) there against non-conference competition.
UConn had four double-figure scorers and 11 players score overall against Maine as it broke the game open with a 16-1 run to start the second half. Led by 20 points from Sterling Gibbs (Scotch Plains, N.J.) and 18 points, seven rebounds and nine blocked shots by Amida Brimah (Accra, Ghana), as well as a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds by Shonn Miller (Euclid, Ohio), the Huskies dominated play and won by its largest margin in two years.
The stellar team statistics included a 54.5 percent field goal percentage, a 52-40 rebounding advantage, 54 points scored in the paint, 15 blocked shots, eight steals, and only eight turnovers.
It was the first 100-point performance by UConn since beating Coppin State, 106-85, on Dec. 14, 2014.
Tuesday's game will be the 117th meeting between UConn and New Hampshire, a former Yankee Conference colleague, in a series that dates back to the 1906-07 season. The Huskies own a 91-25 advantage in the series and have won the last eight games and 18 of the last 20 games between the teams.
The New Hampshire had one of the largest positive gains in the country last season, posting 19 wins after just six in 2013-14. The 19 wins tied the school record for most wins and the Wildcats reached the semifinals of the America East Tournament, where they bowed to eventual conference champion Albany by two points.
New Hampshire (1-0) returns four of five starters from last year's team and six of its top seven scorers, led by the America East Conference 2014-15 Rookie of the Year Tanner Leissner, who led the team in both scoring and rebounding last season. This year, Leissner has picked up where he left off, scoring 21 points in the Wildcats' season-opening 82-45 win over Division III Lyndon State College. Sophomore Iba Camara also stepped up with a 15-point, 20-rebound performance in that game.
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