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Men's Basketball: Huskies Conclude Exhibition Play With Win Over New Haven

UConn made easy work of the Chargers in the final exhibition game before the 2015-16 season begins next week.

Jalen Adams drives to the hoop in UConn's exhibition win.
Jalen Adams drives to the hoop in UConn's exhibition win.
Stephen Quick

HARTFORD — The UConn men's basketball team let New Haven hang around early in the first half Saturday, but the Huskies' final exhibition turned into a rout, with the Huskies winning 83-43.

Rodney Purvis and Steve Enoch led the Huskies with 11 points. The Huskies shot 51.6 percent from the field.

New Haven was in the game with about seven minutes to play in the first half, as the Huskies were only up by eight. Led by Purvis, Amida Brimah and Jalen Adams, UConn jumped out to a 38-20 halftime lead.

The Huskies put the game to bed early in the second half. Within six minutes, UConn had jumped out to a 52-30 lead, and the lead kept increasing from there.

UConn's starting lineup dominated New Haven whenever it was on the floor. Together, Purvis, Sterling Gibbs, Daniel Hamilton, Shonn Miller and Brimah outscored the Chargers 27-11 over the course of 10:11. The starters combined for a final plus-minus rating of plus-84.

The Huskies' bench struggled early, but got more comfortable as UConn pulled away. Adams pulled the strings for the second unit. The freshman finished with nine points and put in a stellar defensive performance. The elite freshman made two teals, blocked a shot and grabbed three rebounds.

UConn opens the regular season against Maine Friday night at Gampel Pavilion.