Local colleges: N.C. State guard transferring to UConn

UConn scored a major recruiting victory on Friday when Rodney Purvis announced that he plans to continue his basketball career in Storrs.

Purvis, a 6-foot-3 guard, is tranferring from North Carolina State, where he averaged 8.3 points and 2.4 rebounds during his freshman season and appeared in 35 games, starting 23 while averaging 25.5 minutes.

"I really trust (UConn) coach (Kevin) Ollie," Purvis told The News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. "They have a great tradition of producing NBA guards and that's where I want to be someday."

Purvis will be eligible to play for the 2014-15 season after sitting out a year due to the NCAA's transfer rule.

UConn was considered Purvis's likely destination after he announced Monday that he was leaving N.C. State. During his recruiting process, Purvis had UConn as a finalist.

A McDonald's All-American, Purvis attended Upper Room Christian Academy in Raleigh. He averaged 26.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists.

He helped N.C. State (24-11) reach the NCAA tournament this season. He came off the bench to score seven points in his team's 69-65 win over UConn on Dec. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York.


• Tyler Mikula pitched five solid innings for the win and Kevin Lacy followed with two perfect innings for the save as UConn-Avery Point beat the Springfield JV 5-1. Mikula scattered five hits and walked only one while Lacy struck out four for the Pointers (14-5).

• Matt Hanks had Coast Guard Academy's only hit in a 4-0 loss at Wheaton College (15-5, 9-0) in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference. Nate Toll took the loss for the Bears (13-9, 5-4).


• Coast Guard used timely hitting to pick up a win in its opener, beating Clark 5-3, but the Bears made nine errors in the second game to fall 7-5 in eight innings. Kaitlin Ward tripled in the fifth inning of the first game to give Coast Guard (12-9, 4-4 NEWMAC) a 4-3 lead. Freshman Hannah Ingerson hit a lead-off home run in the sixth for insurance, earning the victory for classmate Kristine Kahl.

The Bears squandered a 4-0 lead in the second game, with six different players making errors. That spoiled a solid performance for freshman pitcher Sammy Yuknat of Old Lyme, who allowed just one earned run on five hits in a complete game. Kelly Grills of Stonington had an RBI double and scored a run, while Morgan Kingston was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Men's track & field

• Connecticut College junior Michael LeDuc set a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:54.80) while placing second at the Sam Howell Distance Invitational at Princeton. He broke the old record by nearly five seconds and now has the best time this season by any Division III athlete. Johnny Gregorek of Columbia won the race in 8:52.85.

Men's lacrosse

• No. 20 Conn College won its fifth straight game, beating Montclair State, 11-9. Andrew Freedman had five goals while Thomas Woessner of Old Lyme and Andrew Berry each had one goal and an assist for the Camels (7-2).


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