The UConn Huskies enjoyed a complete team performance at Gampel Pavilion today as they dismantled the East Carolina Pirates, who had been playing well as of late, 85-67.
Shonn Miller and Jalen Adams set the tone for the Huskies in the first half, which both finished with 12 points. Adams was swift and decisive leading the offense, finishing with 14 points, four assists and three steals. If we counted second assists like they do in hockey, he'd have a few more as well. Despite having four turnovers, it was a great outing for the freshman.
Miller finished with 16 points and seven rebounds, including three offensive boards. He has been one of the most consistent and energetic players on both ends the court for the Huskies and also wowed the crowd with yet another amazing putback dunk.
Sophomore forward Daniel Hamilton, who had been struggling a bit until a really strong performance last time out at Memphis, had a relatively quiet first half (2 points) but was still contributing with six rebounds and two assists at the break. He found his scoring touch in the second half, finishing with 12 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists for his seventh double-double of the season.
Hamilton and Rodney Purvis (16 points) led the charge for the Huskies in the second half as they built a 20+ point lead after the Pirates had cut the deficit to four early on. Sterling Gibbs had a solid outing as well with 12 points and four assists, giving UConn five players in double-digit scoring. The Huskies finished the game shooting 55.6% from the field as the offensive execution looked as crisp as it has all season. They also outscored the Pirates in the paint, 50-22.
The Huskies will be in action next in Philadelphia on Thursday night to take on Temple in a re-match of the game which ended in a last-second win for the Owls at the XL Center. That contest kicks off a crucial four-game stretch of the season, with Tulsa and SMU at home and a road game against Cincinnati on the horizon.