Lar­rier, Huskies open with a win

New Haven Register (New Haven, CT) - - SPORTS - By David Borges

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.

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