UCONN Still Hanging In There With C.J. Miles

Can UCONN recover and move up on the list with C.J. Miles?

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Great players often come up big when a team is on the ropes, so it was little surprise to see C.J. Miles deliver a knockout punch on Thursday night at the Nike Peach Jam Invitational Tournament.

Miles, a versatile 6-5 scorer from Skyline H.S. in Dallas, Tex., heated up late to help Team Texas emerge with a 72-64 victory over a feisty Wisconsin Playground Warriors squad.

After opening up a double digit lead in the first half, Team Texas went into the break with a 34-27 advantage. The Playground Warriors opened up the second half with an 11-5 run, capped by a Marcus Landry three-pointer, to pull within 39-38 with 12:50 remaining in the contest.

Miles countered the Playground Warriors new found momentum by hitting a number of shots over the next several minutes. His difficult pull up jumper with 7:19 to play extended Texas' lead to 54-46, and moments later, he converted a pair of free throws to push the lead back to 10 points.

Wisconsin made one last run and pulled to within four points with just over three minutes to play, but Miles and Oklahoma State bound teammate Terrel Harris proved to be too much for the Playground Warriors.

Miles finished with 19 points, Harris 15 and spunky off guard Austin Johnson with 15 as well.

Landry and guard Jerry Smith paced the Playground Warrior attack with 22 points apiece.

Team Texas improved to 3-1 with the win, and put itself in contention for one of the two available playoff slots from Pool B. The New York Gauchos and BABC also stand at 3-1 in Pool B entering the final day of pool play, but only two of the three will qualify for the tournament quarters.

The Playground Warriors dropped to 1-3 here and are now out of contention for the playoffs.

Miles listed a top five and Connecticut was not on the list. However, Miles did say that Connecticut is still being considered.


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