Game Winners

New England Recruiting Report | Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Bruce Brown 2016

New England products have dominated college basketball news over the course of the last 48 hours as UConn sophomore Jalen Adams and Miami freshman Bruce Brown delivered back-to-back game winning shots for their respective teams on consecutive days.

Sunday night, UConn traveled to Philadelphia to take on Temple. The Owls held a late 63-62 lead but UConn had one final possession with a sideline-out-of-bounds. They set a simple back-screen for Adams, followed by a subsequent ball-screen which they slipped to avoid a double-team. He nonetheless attracted two defenders, pumped the breaks, and then hit the gas again before making the game winner with one of his trademark tough lay-ups. He was appropriately named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week a day later. The American had highlights of his game winner in addition to other footage from the last week.

Adams' clutch shot is hardly a surprise to anyone who watched him in high school. In fact, he is arguably the most clutch player to come through New England in the last decade. For UConn, he's currently averaging just under 15 points and 7 assists per game while also pulling in over 4 rebounds and shooting a career high 38% from behind the three-point line. The Huskies have now won four in a row as well as seven of their last eight.

On Monday, Brown and his Miami team traveled to Virginia without starting point guard Ja'Quan Newton. The defensive slug match was low scoring from start to finish and headed into overtime with neither team able to crack 50 points. Virginia held a slim 48-47 lead with under 30 seconds to play before Brown drilled the game winning three-pointer as captured below on the ACC Digital Network. He went on to be named player of the game after finishing with 14 points and knocking down 9-10 shots from the free-throw line.

Brown is now averaging nearly 12 points per game along with 6+ rebounds and 3+ assists in almost 32 minutes per night. He's also shooting 44% from the floor and 35% from the three-point line in helping Miami win three straight and five of their last six.