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Updated: Monday, January 20, 2003 9:52 AM EST
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No. 6 Connecticut (11-2) at Miami Fla (7-7)
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CORAL GABLES, Florida (Ticker) -- Sixth-ranked Connecticut tries to cure its road woes on Monday in the first Big East Conference game at the Convocation Center when it meets Miami.

Connecticut (11-2, 2-0 Big East East Division) and Miami (7-7, 0-3) have staged plenty of memorable games in recent history, including the first meeting this year. The Huskies pulled out an 83-80 overtime triumph in Storrs on January 11.

Ben Gordon scored 26 points and freshman Denham Brown added 16 for Connecticut, which survived a missed 3-pointer at the buzzer by Miami freshman Armondo Surratt. The Hurricanes' Darius Rice made a long 3-pointer as time expired in regulation to send the game into overtime.

Rice had a huge game with 28 points and James Jones added 26 for Miami, which forced 21 turnovers. The Hurricanes made just 32 percent (9-of-28) of their 3-pointers.

Miami has won five of the last nine meetings, including four of the last five at home. The Hurricanes are 6-0 at home, including a 64-61 overtime victory over North Carolina on January 4 to open their new on-campus arena.

The Huskies last played in Saturday's 68-65 loss at North Carolina. They fell behind by 19 points in the first half and stormed back to take the lead before falling short. Gordon continued his habit of playing poorly on the road by making 5-of-19 shots for 10 points. Gordon made 5-of-18 shots in a loss at Oklahoma on January 7.

Miami dropped its third straight in Big East play with a 76-53 defeat at Seton Hall on Saturday. The Hurricanes shot just under 31 percent (8-of-26) in a dismal second half.

Rice scored 16 points, but Jones was limited to a season-low seven on 2-of-7 shooting. It was the first time he was held below double digits.


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