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STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's basketball team will be getting into the holiday spirit on Sunday, as it hosts a Toy Drive as part of its matchup with North Florida in Gampel Pavilion at 1 p.m. (ET).
All fans in attendance are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots - a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to less-fortunate children during the holiday season. Donation boxes will be available at all entrances on Sunday.
The game between the Huskies (4-5) and Ospreys can be watched on SNY or ESPN3, as well as heard on the UConn IMG Radio Network.
Following a week of final exams, UConn has a pair of home games before Christmas against North Florida on Sunday and Auburn next Friday at the XL Center. The Huskies are coming off a loss to Ohio State on Saturday night.
Sophomore guard Jalen Adams continued his early season brilliance, scoring a game-high 19 points in the 64-60 loss to the Buckeyes. His 17.9 points per game is third-most in the American Athletic Conference.
Senior center Amida Brimah leads the conference with 2.9 blocks per game, leading UConn's defensive efforts. The Huskies have allowed just 54.3 points per game in their last three, including an opponent shooting clip of just 30.3-percent.
It will be the first all-time meeting between UConn and North Florida, a team out of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Huskies have never competed against any of the current eight ASUN members.
SCOUTING NORTH FLORIDA
The Ospreys (4-9) recently broke a six-game losing skid with a 110-80 victory over Thomas University on Thursday night. Their schedule has included Power Five opponents Auburn, Miami, LSU, Florida, Syracuse, and Arkansas.
Back on Dec. 3, North Florida nearly upset the Orange in the Carrier Dome, dropping a 77-71 decision. Senior guard Dallas Moore scored 30 points against Syracuse, one of five 30-point performances this season for him.
Moore leads the team with 23.2 points per game, while Romelo Banks is averaging a team-best 6.7 rebounds per contest. The Ospreys have a +4.7 rebounding margin this season over opponents.
BY THE NUMBERS
4: Games that Jalen Adams has led UConn in scoring this season. His career-high of 34 points came in a loss to Oklahoma State on Nov. 21 in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.
17.5%: Combined three-point shooting rate of UConn opponents in the past three games (Boston University, Syracuse, Ohio State). In the previous six games, UConn allowed a 40.4-percent mark from long range.
210,745,236: Dollar amount of toy contributions collected by Toys for Tots in 2015. Please continue to donate and help support children in need during the holidays!