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SMU guard Nic Moore (11) drives around New Hampshire guard Daniel Dion (5) during the second half of an NCAA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, in Dallas. SMU won 98-44. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)
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VIDEO: UNH’s Daniel Dion beats the horn, UMass-Lowell

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With the top two teams in America East (Stony Brook and Albany) scheduled to meet Friday night, the winner of Thursday’s contest between New Hampshire and UMass-Lowell could be within a game of first place heading into the weekend. The two teams produced an entertaining game in Lowell, Massachusetts, and the winner wasn’t decided until the game’s final shot.

Luckily for New Hampshire junior guard Daniel Dion had the ball in his hands, catching an inbounds pass and hitting a left-handed three-pointer as time expired to give the Wildcats a 78-76 win. Video of the shot, which was a tough one with Dion’s momentum taking him away from the basket, can be seen in the embedded tweet above.

Dion, who scored seven points off the bench, made just one of his four three-point attempts on the night. Good timing.

Purvis leads No. 25 UConn over UMass-Lowell 88-79

Connecticut's Rodney Purvis, right, shoots over UMass-Lowell’s DJ Mlachnik, left,  in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Rodney Purvis scored 28 points and No. 25 UConn beat UMass-Lowell 88-79 on Sunday.

The Huskies (7-3), who were playing without injured 7-foot center Amida Brimah, relied on their guards in the victory.

Daniel Hamilton had 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Sterling Gibbs scored 15 points and Omar Calhoun had 14.

The Huskies made 64 percent of their shots from the floor, while Lowell shot 50 percent.

Jahad Thomas led UMass-Lowell (4-7) with 19 points and Josh Gantz had 18. Matt Harris and Isaac White each scored 11.

The Huskies led by as many as 14 points in the second half, but had a tough time.

A 3-pointer by D.J. Mlachnik closed the gap to 81-75 with under 2 minutes left, but UConn hit seven of its eight foul shots down the stretch to hold off the River Hawks.

UConn has won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 25. UMass-Lowell has lost five of its last six games.

The Huskies led by six points at halftime and just 62-55 before a 7-0 run led mostly by Purvis’ jumper and 3-pointer on consecutive possessions.

Brimah suffered a testicular contusion last week, and UConn clearly missed his defensive presence early on. The River Hawks’ Matt Harris hit two early 3-pointers, and the team used a 7-0 run to take a 20-13 lead and force UConn coach Kevin Ollie to take a timeout.

The Huskies went to a full-court press and took the lead back 26-25 when Hamilton found Phil Nolan under the basket for a layup.

UConn hit 67 percent of its shots in the first half yet had a 43-37 lead at halftime.

A 3-pointer from Purvis gave UConn its first double-digit lead at 51-41 early in the second half, but Ryan Jones responded with a 3-pointer for the River Hawks.

UConn outrebounded UMass-Lowell 30-18. The River Hawks have only three players taller than 6-foot-4 and none taller than 6-foot-8.

UMass-Lowell, which started the season 3-2, has lost five of its six games in December. The lone win came Dec. 6 over a Boston College team that was depleted by food poisoning. Lowell has eight first-year players on its roster.

TIP INS

UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks have lost two straight road games to teams from Connecticut, including an 83-79 loss Friday to Central Connecticut – UConn’s next opponent.

UConn: Brimah had played in a team-high 84 consecutive games dating back to his freshman season and had started 44 straight. The team says his injury is not serious and his absence was precautionary. Daniel Hamilton leads the team in consecutive games with 45.

UP NEXT

UMass-Lowell: The River Hawks, who had seven of eight road games this month, will head to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face Rutgers on Dec. 28.

UConn: The Huskies host Central Connecticut on Wednesday before taking on the Texas Longhorns on Dec. 29 in Austin, Texas.

VIDEO: America East’s #OurHouseRules trick shot campaign

Peter Hooley, Jr., Jameel Warney, Jr., Mike Rowley
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With the start of college basketball’s regular season just over a week away, the America East Conference began a special campaign via social media. The #OurHouseRules campaign features each of the nine member schools, with a player (or players, in one instance thus far) from each team making a shot they’d use in a game of HORSE.

The schools are doing this in alphabetical order, so defending tournament champion Albany was first with senior guard Peter Hooley getting things going. Hooley, whose three-pointer in the final seconds of the America East title game sent the Great Danes to the NCAA tournament, successfully drop-kicked a shot in from just beyond half court.

Up next was Binghamton’s J.C. Show, who hit a shot from half court while sitting on the floor.

Hartford’s Taylor Dyson made his shot from the Chase Family Arena stands, with Maine’s Aaron Calixte and Isaac Vann combining on an alley-oop with Calixte making the pass.

UMBC, UMass-Lowell, New Hampshire, Stony Brook and Vermont are the five teams who have yet to submit their shots, with UMBC now on the clock to do so. This is a pretty cool idea, especially when it comes to getting the fan bases excited for the start of the season. Who doesn’t like a good trick shot?

h/t Fox Sports