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Mar 1, 2017; Greenville, NC, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Rodney Purvis (15) drives with the ball against East Carolina Pirates forward Kentrell Barkley (15) during the second half at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The East Carolina Pirates defeated the Connecticut Huskies 66-62. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 1, 2017; Greenville, NC, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Rodney Purvis (15) drives with the ball against East Carolina Pirates forward Kentrell Barkley (15) during the second half at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The East Carolina Pirates defeated the Connecticut Huskies 66-62. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Rodney Purvis scored a career-high 30 points and UConn beat South Florida 77-66 on Thursday night in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Amida Brimah added 13 points and Christian Vital had 11 for the Huskies (15-16), who snapped a four-game losing streak.

UConn led by 13 points at halftime and 15 after a Brimah dunk to open the second half. >> Read more

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The Connecticut Huskies celebrate their win over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the second half at Rentschler Field. UConn defeated the Bearcats 20-9. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
The Connecticut Huskies celebrate their win over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the second half at Rentschler Field. UConn defeated the Bearcats 20-9. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UConn looks to make it two straight wins, as the Huskies travel to take on South Florida on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Huskies (3-3) overcame a slow start in last week's matchup against Cincinnati to come away with a 20-9 victory over the Bearcats. Arkeel Newsome led the way for UConn with 116 rushing yards, while QB Bryant Shirreffs threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns.

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Louisville's Lamar Jackson confounded the Syracuse defense in just about every way. Quinton Flowers is ready to keep the ball rolling against the Orange.

Flowers leads South Florida (2-0) into the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon, a week after Jackson led the No. 10 Cardinals to a 62-28 victory indoors. The Orange (1-1) allowed a school-record 845 yards as Jackson scored four times on runs and threw for another in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

"It was a tough loss," said Orange wideout Amba Etta-Tawo, who has 20 catches for 313 yards in two games. "It was embarrassing. It hurt our pride a little bit, but we're not going to tuck our tails between our legs and run away and try to hide because we lost one game.

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