STORRS — Sterling Gibbs scored 26 points, and No. 23 UConn edged Memphis 81-78 on Saturday night.
UConn (11-4, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) bounced back from a home loss to Temple with its sixth win in seven games. Rodney Purvis scored 13 points, Daniel Hamilton had 12 points and eight rebounds, and Shonn Miller finished with 11 points.
Shaq Goodwin scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half before fouling out for the Tigers (10-5, 1-1).
Connecticut led by as many as eight points in the second half, before Goodwin led a Memphis comeback.
Avery Woodson hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to give Memphis a 75-74 lead with 52 seconds left.
Gibbs and Hamilton each hit a pair of foul shots to give the Huskies a 78-75 advantage.