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.