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UConn gets first conference win, 70-65 over East Carolina

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) UConn did not get a pretty win on Saturday, but after four straight losses, the Huskies will take an ugly victory.

Jalen Adams scored 18 points and Connecticut held off East Carolina 70-65 for its first conference win this season.

Terry Larrier and Christian Vital each had 16 points for the Huskies (8-7, 1-2), who were coming off a loss in double overtime to Tulsa.

''We gutted this one out,'' said Adams. ''I'd rather have done it in a different fashion, but we'll take the win and we've just got to build on that.''

B.J. Tyson led all scorers with 21 for ECU (7-8, 1-3), but missed a big 3-pointer with three seconds left that would have tied the game.

UConn led by as many as 12 points in the first half and by six with 48 seconds left after a free throw from Vital.

But Antwoine Anderson fouled Shawn Williams on a 3-point attempt and he hit three foul shots with 25 seconds left cut the UConn lead to 68-65.

The Pirates got the ball back after a missed free throw by Larrier at the other end.

But Tyson missed from the left baseline and Tyler Polley hit two free throws on the other end to seal the win.

''We got a great look and we can't ask for nothing better,'' said ECU's interim head coach Michael Perry. ''You actually come in here, you've been on the road and you have a chance to tie it and potentially win it at the buzzer.''

It was a sloppy game with the teams combining for 37 turnovers and just 19 assists.

Larrier and Adams were able to joke about that after the game. Adams interrupted a postgame interview with Larrier, grabbing the microphone to tell the reporter the key to winning was to ''make your free throws down the stretch.'' Larrier responded, ''OK, turnover machine.''

''We've got to limit turnovers and I've got to knock down those free throws down the stretch,'' he added.

Adams had 7 of his team's 16 giveaways.

BIG PICTURE

ECU: The Pirates are now 0-2 against teams from Connecticut, having lost by 11 points in November to Central Connecticut.

UConn: The Huskies had just seven assists after recording 18 in their last game. After using 12 different starting lineups this season, Kevin Ollie went with the same five for the second consecutive game: Adams, Vital, Larrier, Isaiah Whaley and Josh Carlton.

STAT OF THE GAME

The teams made just seven of 36 shots that were taken from 3-point range. ECU was 5 of 20, with Tyson hitting just one of his seven attempts. UConn hit just 2 of 16 from behind the arc, with Vital going 2 of 8.

POSTGAME PUSHING

Some verbal back-and-forth in the post-game handshake line led to some shoving before players were separated and went to their locker rooms.

''We have to do a better job and I know coach Perry is telling his team the same thing, hopefully,'' UConn coach Kevin Ollie said.

CLOSING IN

Adams needs just 10 points to reach the 1,000-point plateau for his career.

UP NEXT

East Carolina: The Pirates head back home for three games, beginning with conference newcomer Wichita State on Thursday.

UConn: The Huskies head back to campus for a game at Gampel Pavilion on Wednesday against UCF.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Offensive rebound by East Carolina 1.0
  Shawn Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
+ 1 Tyler Polley made 2nd of 2 free throws 2.0
+ 1 Tyler Polley made 1st of 2 free throws 2.0
  Personal foul on Isaac Fleming 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Tyler Polley 3.0
  B.J. Tyson missed 3-pt. jump shot 5.0
  Personal foul on Antwoine Anderson 8.0
  Defensive rebound by B.J. Tyson 23.0
  Terry Larrier missed free throw 23.0
  Personal foul on Dimitri Spasojevic 23.0
Team Stats
Points 65 70
Field Goals 25-55 (45.5%) 25-60 (41.7%)
3-Pointers 5-20 (25.0%) 2-16 (12.5%)
Free Throws 10-15 (66.7%) 18-23 (78.3%)
Total Rebounds 36 38
Offensive 10 13
Defensive 22 20
Team 4 5
Assists 12 7
Steals 9 11
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 19 16
Fouls 18 13
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
18 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo East Carolina 7-8 313465
home team logo Connecticut 8-7 323870
Team Stats
away team logo East Carolina 7-8 67.4 PPG 37.9 RPG 12.3 APG
home team logo Connecticut 8-7 73.8 PPG 39.5 RPG 12.8 APG
Key Players
00
B. Tyson G PPG RPG APG FG%
4
J. Adams G 16.9 PPG 4.0 RPG 3.4 APG 48.7 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Tyson G 21 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
J. Adams G 18 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
45.5 FG% 41.7
25.0 3PT FG% 12.5
66.7 FT% 78.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Tyson 21 7 1 9/18 1/7 2/2 2 39 0 0 2 2 5
K. Barkley 13 7 3 5/8 1/3 2/2 5 33 5 1 2 1 6
D. Spasojevic 12 6 0 5/7 0/0 2/6 2 40 0 3 5 3 3
I. Fleming 5 3 6 2/9 1/3 0/0 4 30 1 0 6 1 2
J. Craig 3 4 1 1/3 0/0 1/2 1 18 1 0 1 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Tyson 21 7 1 9/18 1/7 2/2 2 39 0 0 2 2 5
K. Barkley 13 7 3 5/8 1/3 2/2 5 33 5 1 2 1 6
D. Spasojevic 12 6 0 5/7 0/0 2/6 2 40 0 3 5 3 3
I. Fleming 5 3 6 2/9 1/3 0/0 4 30 1 0 6 1 2
J. Craig 3 4 1 1/3 0/0 1/2 1 18 1 0 1 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Williams 11 3 1 3/9 2/7 3/3 2 31 2 0 2 0 3
K. Davis 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 1 1 0
U. Haruna 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 4 0 0 0 0 1
A. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Obasohan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sheppard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Wilkins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hill - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Whitley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Whatley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 65 32 12 25/55 5/20 10/15 18 200 9 4 19 10 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Adams 18 6 4 6/17 0/3 6/6 0 38 2 1 7 3 3
T. Larrier 16 5 1 7/16 0/3 2/4 2 38 2 1 2 1 4
C. Vital 16 4 2 6/15 2/8 2/4 2 36 5 0 2 1 3
I. Whaley 7 7 0 3/4 0/0 1/1 3 23 0 1 1 4 3
J. Carlton 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 5 0 0 0 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Adams 18 6 4 6/17 0/3 6/6 0 38 2 1 7 3 3
T. Larrier 16 5 1 7/16 0/3 2/4 2 38 2 1 2 1 4
C. Vital 16 4 2 6/15 2/8 2/4 2 36 5 0 2 1 3
I. Whaley 7 7 0 3/4 0/0 1/1 3 23 0 1 1 4 3
J. Carlton 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 5 0 0 0 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Anderson 4 3 0 1/3 0/2 2/2 3 21 2 0 3 0 3
K. Williams 3 3 0 0/0 0/0 3/4 0 9 0 0 0 1 2
M. Diarra 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 14 0 2 1 1 1
T. Polley 2 2 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 0 10 0 0 0 1 1
D. Onuorah 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
E. Cobb 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
C. Foxen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Noyes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Gilbert - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Aiyegbusi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 70 33 7 25/60 2/16 18/23 13 200 11 5 16 13 20