By PAT EATON-ROBB AP Sports Writer
STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Jalen Adams scored 25 points and dished out eight assists as UConn upset Temple 72-66 in the Huskies final home game of the season on Wednesday night.
Terry Larrier added 13 points for Connecticut (14-16, 7-10 American), which shot 37 percent from the floor, but made 11 3-pointers.
Obi Enechionyia had 15 points to lead Temple (16-13, 8-9), which has lost three of its last four to fall a half game behind UCF into seventh place in the conference standings. Shizz Alston had 13 points, but made five of his 15 attempts from the floor. Quinton Rose was 5 of 20 and had 11 points.
Temple led by two points at halftime, but UConn opened the second half with a 10-0 run to lead 42-34.
Temple, which shot 36 percent for the game, made just four of their first 20 shots after intermission.
The Owls trailed 51-42, before going on a run of their own. A layup by Nate Pierre-Louis tied the game at 56 with just over four minutes to play. But UConn did not relinquish the lead.
A layup from Adams put the Huskies up 68-62 with 34 seconds to play. That forced Temple to foul the rest of the way and UConn made their free throws.
Temple: The Owls are 8-4 over their last 12 games, but their only losses prior to Wednesday had come to No. 9 Cincinnati, No. 16 Wichita State and a 22-win Houston team.
UConn: It was the final home game for five players, including Larrier, a transfer from VCU who still has a year of eligibility remaining after missing most of last season with a knee injury. Larrier, who played without the mask that had protected a broken sinus wall for the last eight games, says he’s not coming back and will try to play professionally next season.
Temple: The Owls close the regular season on Sunday at Tulsa.
UConn: The Huskies end the regular season on Sunday at No. 25 Houston.
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