UConn pulls ahead late, beats Loyola Marymount 65-62
LOS ANGELES (AP) Terry Larrier scored 14 points, including the go-ahead basket, and UConn held on to beat Loyola Marymount 65-62 on Thursday night.
Although the Huskies (1-2) trailed much of the second half, Larrier's basket with 2:20 to play gave UConn a 63-62 lead and Jalen Adams added two free throws with 20 seconds left.
Brandon Brown's 3-point attempt at the buzzer would have forced overtime for the Lions (1-2), but it hit off the rim and the Huskies escaped with their first win of the season.
Kelvin Amayo – a transfer from Iona who was granted a sixth year waiver following knee surgery – led LMU with 18 points. Buay Tuach scored 12 points and Brandon Brown added 10 points.
Amida Brimah scored 9 points and 10 rebounds for UConn.
UConn started the season ranked 18th but suffered a pair of setbacks at home to start the season against Wagner and Northeastern.
Both teams showed offensive spurts in the opening half but neither team maintained them.