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Game Thread: UConn vs Coppin State

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The Huskies look to snap their three game losing streak this afternoon

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**FINAL**

UConn snaps a three game losing streak, defeating Coppin State 106-85.

Well, Pat Lenehan played the final 45 seconds. Other highlights, Amida Brimah didn't miss a field goal, the rim almost gave out because of so many lobs and somebody named Dan Guest was on the floor. Other than that, it was a fairly routine afternoon in the XL Center.

This was just a thorough domination by the Huskies. The offense looked tremendous, shooting 57% from the field. Brimah was the star, finishing with 40 points and 12 boards. He was 13-13 from the field and 14-16 from the line. Daniel Hamilton finished with 11 points and 11 assists and Ryan Boatright chipped in with 22 points.

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**HALFTIME**

After 20 minutes, UConn leads Coppin State 51-39. If you watched the first five minutes and the last two minutes of the half, then that score makes sense. UConn is just a more talented team and played like it for stretches. Yet, at times, they let Coppin State into the game.

UConn started the game on a 13-2 run and saw their lead grow to 22-5. Ryan Boatright in particular came out like his hair was on fire. The three game losing streak clearly hyped him up, he has finished the half with 13 points, 3 boards 3 assists and 2 steals. His energy and tempo set the tone for the game, as the Huskies opened by throwing a full court press against the overmatched Eagles.

Coppin State was able to stabilize as the half went along. Their three point shooting was the great equalizer. Hitting 8-19 from distance, at one point the Eagles cut the lead down 6. With 2:40 left in the half, UConn lead 42-36. Then, it's like they realized Coppin State had no one that could guard Amida Brimah. From that point, Brimah tallied 9 points, on lobs, putbacks and free throws. Look for UConn to continue feeding him in the second half.

UConn has control of the game and just needs to cruise to the end to snap this three game losing streak.

Following back to back buzzer beater losses to Texas and Yale, the Connecticut Huskies will take on Coppin State in hopes of breaking out.

UConn enters the game at 3-3 on the season, but have lost those three games consecutively. Coppin St. has started poorly, at just 1-8.

The Huskies have had a nine day layoff since their game against Yale. Coppin State is riding a four game losing streak.

The Huskies and Eagles have met five times before today, with UConn winning each time. They last met in 2011.

It's been a rough few weeks for UConn. It began in the championship of the Puerto Rico Tip Off against West Virginia, and continued when they returned to Storrs to face Texas and Yale. The Huskies have struggled to score the ball with any consistency, averaging 55.3 ppg.

This is a big game for the Huskies. Ryan Boatright needs to take control of this game early to send a message, as if to say, "We will get past this. We're still UConn."

The availability for Rodney Purvis and Omar Calhoun will be made at pre game. Purvis was out against Texas and played just 8 minutes against Yale. Calhoun has yet to make his season debut.

The Huskies and Eagles will meet at the XL Center. This is UConn's season debut in Hartford. UConn will make their home in Hartford through the end of the month, as they will play 3 of their next 5 games there.