The tough, last-second loss to the Cincinnati didn't appear to have any lingering effects on the Huskies.
UConn rebounded from Thursday's heartbreaker to the Bearcats with a 67-41 win over UCF at CFE Arena in Orlando, Florida on Sunday afternoon. The return of Amida Brimah and a balanced attack paced the Huskies to a near wire-to-wire victory over the Knights.
Brimah returned from a broken finger that has sidelined him since mid-December at the 3:29 mark of the first half. His presence anchored another stellar defensive performance by the Huskies- limiting UCF to 23.5 percent shooting, forcing 15 turnovers and out-rebounding the Knights, 41-33. UConn held UCF leading scorer A.J. Davis to just seven points- six less than his season average. Davis was 1-of-11 from the field and committed four turnovers.
Brimah finished the day with six points and two rebounds. UConn was actively trying to get its big man going, throwing a series of lob passes his way throughout the game.
The Huskies (15-6, 5-3) had five players score at least nine points, similar to last season's balanced scoring that led to a 67-60 win in Storrs. Shonn Miller scored a game-high 11 followed by Jalen Adams (10), Daniel Hamilton (9), Sterling Gibbs (9) and Rodney Purvis (9), with every Husky to score reaching at least six points.
Hamilton had one of his better shooting performances as of recently (though he did seem a little tentative at times) hitting 4-of-7, including a three. Adams' ability to slash into the heart of the Knights' zone defense and convert at the rim was a welcomed sight after the struggles in the paint against Cincinnati. The Huskies outscored the Knights, 36-12 in the paint and had a 12-0 advantage in fast-break points.
UConn trailed only briefly, down 4-2 before a 16-0 run put the visitors up for good. Purvis (9 points, 3 steals, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) once again came off the bench, igniting the offense. A strong surge fueled by Adams (10 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast, 3 stl) gave the Huskies a, 38-20 halftime lead, punctuated by a pretty lob from Adams to Miller.
In the second half, the offense once again struggled, shooting 41.4 percent and scoring only 21 points. At the end of the day, the UConn shot its season average from the floor (45 percent) while limiting the Knights to more than 20 points below their average.
The Huskies will be back in action on Thursday night when they visit Josh Pastner and the Memphis Tigers for the second meeting between these two teams this season. UConn won the first meeting at Gampel Pavilion, 81-78.