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Final Score: Late Run Propels UConn Over Stony Brook, 72-64

Jalen Adams took over down the stretch as the Huskies mounted a 19-2 run in the final minutes of the game to grab the win.

The UConn Huskies take on the Stony Brook Seawolves in a men's college basketball game at XL Center in Hartford, CT on November 14, 2017.
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Ian Bethune

The UConn Huskies played very poorly in the first half and parts of the second before a late run led by Jalen Adams got them over Stony Brook, 72-64.

Adams finished with 19 points, all in the second half, and was scoring at will late in the game, mostly by driving to the bucket. UConn (2-0) was plagued by poor shooting defense and free throw shooting and turnovers as they stayed behind for most of the game.

Early on, Terry Larrier picked up two quick fouls, which seemed to throw UConn off its rhythm. The Huskies started taking bad shots while Stony Brook was hitting threes at an alarming rate, over 60% for most of the first half. The Seawolves took a 31-25 lead into the break.

UConn came out in the second half looking much better. Adams scored six quick points in the first couple of minutes to cut into the lead, but Stony Brook kept fighting back. With the Huskies down four and 4:45 left in the game, Adams scored nine straight to give UConn a lead which they would hold on to for the win.

It was an interesting season debut for Adams, who was not very effective in a scoreless first half. He turned it up in the final 20 minutes though when UConn really needed someone to step up, especially with Larrier in foul trouble.

Cornell graduate transfer David Onuorah made his Husky debut, grabbing seven rebounds, three offensive, and swatting a fierce block. Though he was scoreless throughout, he should be a useful player for Kevin Ollie this year. Fellow grad transfer Antwoine Anderson has proven to be a solid piece as well, finishing with 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting.

Eric Cobb was another big man who looked good. He finished with four points and seven rebounds and seemed like he could have benefitted from more usage.

Despite the foul trouble, Larrier finished with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting while grabbing three rebounds. Alterique Gilbert shook off the bad performance against Colgate to finish with 14 points, four assists, and three rebounds. He showed some of his playmaking ability with the ball and continued his excellent defensive effort. UConn forced 18 turnovers, but unfortunately committed 19 of its own.

This should be an eye-opener for Kevin Ollie and the Huskies. At full strength against a team they should have beaten comfortably, they underperformed for far too long. If not for Jalen Adams’ excellence, this would have been a disastrous loss in the second game of the season.

UConn is back in action next against Boston University, who will visit the XL Center on Sunday, November 19 for a 6 p.m. tip-off in the Huskies’ final game before the PK80 Tournament in Portland. Hopefully, they look a lot better in their final tune-up before taking on a solid Oregon team.