HALFTIME ECU 34-UConn 27
Thank goodness for Ryan Boatright. The senior guard is pacing the Huskies with 9 points, on 3-5 shooting from three point range. Without his hot shooting, UConn would be in deep trouble.
East Carolina has been shredding UConn's defense. They finished the half 13-24 from the field, including 8-13 from downtown. BJ Tyson and Caleb White combined for 18 first half points to lead the Pirates. Additionally, they've gotten 16 points off the bench, outscoring UConn's reserves by 10.
The Huskies have struggled offensively. Coach Kevin Ollie opted for Terrence Samuel in the starting lineup, but his presence has not alleviated the spacing issues this team has. The ball has looked stagnant and players weren't moving. It was a rough half shooting, the Huskies finished just 10-25 from the field. If they want to bounce back to win this game, UConn needs to have a more efficient offense.
UConn is in real danger of dropping their third consecutive game. They need to put the ball in the basket consistently in the second half. Let's see what happens.
Well, this season has taken a turn. Last week saw UConn (11-9, 4-4 AAC) drop back-to-back road games to Cincinnati and Houston. With 9 losses already, the Huskies are on the outside looking in for NCAA Tournament contention. The road to legitimacy is paved with mine fields, but not that does not include tonight's game against East Carolina (9-12, 2-6 AAC)
Senior Ryan Boatright is looking to continue his individual stellar play. He set his career-high in Houston with 31 points despite UConn's miserable effort. He has been on fire from three point range, sinking 10 of his last 22 attempts.
Center Amida Brimah is the only other UConn player averaging over 10 points over the last week. The Husky offense has sputtered of late, particularly at the guard position. Omar Calhoun and Rodney Purvis have lost their shooting touch, combining to shoot just 6-28 against Cincy and Houston.
East Carolina is coming off a 50-46 home victory over Cincinnati. The Pirates are led by junior guard Terry Whisnat (13.7 ppg), B.J. Tyson (12.1 ppg), and Caleb White (11.9). The Pirates will have no issues turning this game into a defensive affair, much like they did against Cincy. UConn is going to have to dig deep to pull this one out.
Back in Gampel, the Huskies are looking to re-energize their season. They need a boost here, with 10 games left, UConn needs to set themselves up for a big time run in the AAC Tournament.
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