All hail Shonn Miller!
The graduate transfer was by far UConn's most competent player tonight, leading the Huskies to an ugly but convincing victory over the Tulane Green Wave, 60-42. Miller scored 12 points in the first half, finishing with 18 points and seven rebounds. He received a nice ovation after leaving the game with about two minutes left.
Kevin Ollie once again started Phil Nolan and Jalen Adams in place of Kentan Facey and Rodney Purvis. Purvis brought some energy off the bench when he entered the game, but still struggled to get going offensively, finishing with seven points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field.
Purvis wasn't alone in his offensive struggles. Besides Miller, the only other Husky in double figures was Omar Calhoun, who broke through after hitting a pair of free throws with about two minutes left. He scored 12 points, grabbed five rebounds and had two assists in 20 minutes off the bench.
Daniel Hamilton added seven points, six rebounds and three assists. While he scored the first basket of the game and hit an early three, he continued to underwhelm offensively for most of the game. Kentan Facey scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench in just 12 minutes played.
Tulane shot extremely poorly to start the game, so much so that a 14-point halftime deficit was almost admirable considering they were shooting at an 18.8% clip at the break. The Green Wave pulled within seven points with 9:48 left in the second half, but the Huskies went on a 15-0 run in the next six minutes as part of a 17-6 stretch to close the game out.
The Green Wave finished with a 25.9% field goal percentage, meaning UConn has held its past three opponents to under 35 percent from the field.
The Huskies will be in action next on Saturday when they host the Georgetown Hoyas at the XL Center at high noon. The Hoyas are coming off an impressive upset victory over No. 5 Xavier.