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UConn Falls to Arizona State in NIT Tournament



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    HARTFORD, CT - MARCH 15: Rodney Purvis #44 of the Connecticut Huskies reacts during a game with the Southern Methodist Mustangs in the final game of the American 2015 Championships at the XL Center on March 15, 2015 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

    Shaq McKissic scored 22 points Wednesday night as Arizona State knocked 2014 NCAA champion UConn out in the first round of this year's National Invitation Tournament, 68-61.

    UConn senior guard Ryan Boatright, a unanimous first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection, missed the first game of his four-year career due to a left shoulder injury. Boatright, UConn's leading scorer at 17.4 points per game, was injured in the AAC championship game Sunday against SMU.

    Savon Goodman scored 14 for the Sun Devils (18-15).

    Rodney Purvis led UConn (20-15) with 19 points.

    Arizona State outscored the Huskies 20-7 over the final nine minutes of the first half and led 37-24 at halftime. The Sun Devils increased their lead to 16 in the first two minutes of the second half, and were up 48-34 before the Huskies went on a 25-11 run to tie the game at 59 on Omar Calhoun's 3-pointer from the left corner with 2:42 left.

    A 3-pointer by McKissic with 2:10 left put Arizona State up for good.

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