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George Washington guard Lasan Kromah transfers to UConn

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The Connecticut back court was already in good shape with the return of Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun. On Tuesday afternoon, Kevin Ollie added to his guard depth with George Washington transfer Lasan Kromah.

This news came according to CBSSports.com, who confirmed the transfer through a source.

Kromah is graduating from George Washington, which means he does not have to sit out a year and can use his last season of eligibility next season in Storrs. Ollie has already added N.C. State freshman guard Rodney Purvis earlier this offseason, although he will have to miss the entire 2013-2014 campaign per NCAA transfer rules.

Through his first two years at GW, Kromah played for current UConn assistant coach Karl Hobbs. Kromah averaged 10.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game this past season. He missed the 2010-2011 season, giving him the extra year of eligibility.

The 6-foot-5 Kromah will join incoming-freshman guard Terrence Samuel (South Shore High/Brooklyn, N.Y.) as newcomers in the Husky back court. Power forward Kentan Facey (Long Island Lutheran High/Glen Head, N.Y.) and center Amida Brimah (Archbishop Carroll High/Miami, Fla.) round out the UConn incoming class.

For the second time through his first two seasons as a head coach, Ollie has landed a fifth-year senior guard. Last season, Ollie got Connecticut native R.J. Evans to use up his last year of eligibility at UConn, following his career at Holy Cross.

UConn won 20 games this past season, but was banned from the NCAA tournament. Heading into next season, the Huskies return Napier, Boatright, Calhoun and DeAndre Daniels — players to average double digits in points per game last season. Kromah scored in double figures in each of his three seasons with the Colonials.

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VIDEO: Monmouth hits a game-winner, Bench Mob member tries to disrobe

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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.

The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:

No. 17 Arizona erases double-digit deficit to beat UCLA

Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a foul call during the first half of Arizona's NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Friday, Feb 12, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.

UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.

All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.

The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.