Larrier, Huskies open with a win
STORRS — They weren’t exactly jellin’ without Jalen.
But with star point guard Jalen Adams sitting out due to a team suspension, UConn needed someone to step up late in its season-opener against Colgate on Friday night.
Terry Larrier proved to be that man, scoring a career-high 27 points on 11-for-18 shooting to lead the Huskies to a 70-58 win before 7,154 at Gampel Pavilion.
Larrier, who sat out the entire season two years ago after transferring from VCU and was lost for the season after just four games a year ago due to a torn ACL in his left knee, also grabbed six rebounds.
“Terry stepped up bigtime for us,” said coach Kevin Ollie. “He was just comfortable all night. I was very proud of him. Not having played, really, in two years, to come out and have this performance when we really need it, with one of our players out ...”
Larrier knew he had to step up, and he was never better than late in the game, after the Raiders had closed to within five points (59-54) with 2 minutes, 18 seconds left.
The wiry junior went on a personal 7-0 run, capped by his third 3-pointer of the game, to pretty much seal the deal for UConn.
“We had a soldier down, it’s just the next man up,” said Larrier. “Everybody came in and played their role really well.”
Adams, the junior point guard who led the team in scoring last season, was suspended after being
Jessica Hill / Associated Press UConn’s Terry Larrier reacts after scoring on a 3-pointer against Colgate on Friday in Storrs.