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Brimah, Boatright lead UConn over Tulane 67-60
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Eds: UConn 67, Tulane 60. Adds details. With AP Photos.
By PAT EATON-ROBB
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Amida Brimah scored 19 points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked four shots as UConn snapped a two-game losing streak with a 67-60 win Sunday over Tulane.
The Huskies 7-foot center hit all eight of his shots from the floor, many on lob passes from freshman Daniel Hamilton, who finished with nine assists to go with seven points and nine rebounds.
Ryan Boatright added 16 points for the Huskies (15-11, 8-6 American Athletic Conference) who led for almost 37 minutes and held off the Green Wave in the second half.
Louis Dabney had 19 points and Dylan Osetkowski added 12 for Tulane (14-12, 5-9), which has dropped seven of its last eight games, including a 62-53 loss to Connecticut earlier this month at home.
UConn outscored Tulane 34-12 in the paint and shot 53 percent from the floor, while holding Tulane to 38 percent shooting.
Tulane trailed 34-27 at the half and didn’t have a lead until midway through the second half when a runner by Kajon Mack put the Green Wave up 46-45.
A dunk by Brimah gave UConn a 53-50 lead with five minutes left, and another on a lob pass from Hamilton with just over two minutes left pushed the lead back to eight at 60-52. The pair teamed up for four of UConn’s last five field goals.
UConn also got the ball to Brimah early and his six quick points and three blocked shots helped UConn open the game on a 12-4 run.
Tulane used an 11-2 run to get back into the game, tying it at 18 on a jumper by Keith Pinkney.
But the Huskies closed the first half on a 9-3 run, capped by a pull-up jumper from Boatright. It was just the ninth time this season UConn has led at the half. The Huskies improved to 9-0 in those games.
The defending national champions remain in sixth place in the American Athletic Conference standings. The top five teams will get a bye in next month’s conference tournament, which will be played in Hartford.
Boatright continued to move up UConn’s all-time scoring list. He now has 1,650 career points, passing Donyell Marshall and tying Khalid El-Amin for 11th place. He needs just 14 points to tie Cliff Robinson and move into the Top 10.