Adams scores 19 and UConn holds off South Florida 68-65

By AP, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Last Updated: Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Jalen Adams scored 19 points and UConn snapped a three game losing skid by holding off South Florida 68-65.

Terry Larrier and Christian Vital each added 15 points for the Huskies (12-12, 5-6 American), who had lost five of their last six.

Stephan Jiggets had 18 points to lead USF (8-17, 1-11), which dropped its fourth game in a row and lost for the 11th time in 12 games. Isaiah Manderson had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls.

UConn led by 12 points at halftime, but saw that dwindle to 41-39 after a 9-0 run from South Florida.

The Bulls stayed in the game by grabbing 15 offensive boards and scoring 24 second-chance points to just four for the Huskies.

A 3-pointer from Larrier at the shot-clock buzzer put UConn back up by eight points with just over two minutes left.

But the Bulls made a final run, cutting it to 67-65 on a layup by Manderson with just 38 seconds left. After Adams hit one of two foul shots on the other end, David Collins missed an open look from 3-point range that would have sent the game into overtime.

BIG PICTURE

South Florida: The game represented a homecoming of sorts for USF guard Terrence Samuel, who was the only player on the court to have won a national championship. He did that in 2014 as a backup freshman point guard at UConn. Samuel transferred after two seasons to Penn State and is playing this year at USF as a graduate transfer. He went scoreless, missing all seven of his shots.

UConn: UConn leads the series 20-2, is 8-0 at home and has won 10 straight against the Bulls. The Huskies are 6-1 at Gampel Pavilion this year, with their only loss coming last Saturday to Cincinnati.

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South Florida: The Bulls head home for a game with Temple on Saturday

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