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    UConn Defeats East Carolina 60-49
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    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Ryan Boatright #11 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after a turnover by the Michigan State Spartans in the second half of the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    Ryan Boatright scored 16 points and freshman Daniel Hamilton grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds to lead UConn to a 60-49 victory over East Carolina on Wednesday night.

    Amida Brimah and Rodney Purvis each had 12 points for the Huskies (16-11, 9-6 American Athletic Conference), who used a 14-2 run to start the second half to sweep the season series against ECU (12-16, 5-10). Hamilton added nine points and a game-high five assists.

    UConn won its first road game since a 62-53 victory at Tulane on Feb. 7 and recorded its third league win away from home this season.

    Marshall Guilmette scored 13 points to lead the Pirates, who were hosting a defending national champion for the first time in school history. B.J. Tyson added 11 for ECU, which shot just 32.2 percent from the field, including 3 of 20 from 3-point range.

    Brimah's dunk capped the Huskies' game-changing run and made it 38-35 UConn with 12:03 left in the game.

    ECU's Lance Tejada hit a 3 to tie the game at the 11:31 mark, but Purvis, a Raleigh native playing about an hour and a half from home, answered with a 3-pointer to put UConn back on top for good, 41-38.

    The Huskies took their biggest lead on two Boatright free throws that completed the scoring with 1:05 left to play.

    In the first half, the Pirates used a 15-3 run to take a 25-17 lead. Tyson hit consecutive layups in the final minute, including a driving score past Boatright with two ticks left to give ECU a 33-24 lead at halftime.