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STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s basketball team sets off on a 10-day west coast journey to first play Loyola Marymount on Thursday night, leading up to the Maui Jim Maui Invitational the week of Thanksgiving.
The Huskies (0-2), coming off a loss to Northeastern on Monday night in Gampel Pavilion, will play the Lions in the Gersten Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif. at 10 p.m. (ET). It will be broadcast live on SNY and ESPN3.
Redshirt sophomore Terry Larrier has been the most consistent offensive contributor, averaging a team-best 18 points in his first two games at UConn. He is shooting a team-best 46.4-percent from the field.
Sophomore Jalen Adams (12.0 ppg) and freshman Alterique Gilbert (10.5 ppg) are the other Huskies averaging double-digits in scoring. On the defensive side, Gilbert leads with six steals and senior center Amida Brimah with nine blocks.
In Monday’s loss to Northeastern, Larrier scored a game-high 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting. UConn held a 30-20 scoring edge in the paint and forced 15 turnovers in the loss.
It will be the first all-time meeting between UConn and Loyola Marymount on Thursday night. The Huskies haven’t played in the state of California since a 72-59 loss at Stanford back on Jan. 17, 2015.
SCOUTING LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
The Lions (1-1) of the West Coast Conference are coming off a 79-64 loss to Nevada on Monday. Loyola won its season-opener, 99-51, over Vanguard on Friday.
Senior guard Buay Tuach leads the team in scoring, averaging 15.5 points per game. In the first two games, the Lions are shooting 46.7-percent from the floor compared to 36.8-percent by opponents.
Loyola went 14-17 (6-12 WCC) in 2015-16 under coach Mike Dunlap, former head coach of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats (2012-13).
BY THE NUMBERS
35.5: Average of minutes Gilbert has played in his first two UConn games. The freshman guard has played the second-most minutes of any player, below just Adams (37 minutes).
14: Blocks for UConn through two games. Opposing teams have combined for just five blocks in those games.