Tampa, FL – Jeremy Lamb scored a game-high 23 points and 57, in the Big East opener for both teams.
Ryan Boatright added nine points and Alex Oriakhi and Tyler Olander scored six apiece for the Huskies (11-1, 1-0 Big East).
Toarlyn Fitzpatrick led the Bulldogs (7-7,0-1) with 14 points and Augustus Gilchrist chipped in with 12 points. Jawanza Poland added nine points.
UConn lead by eight with just eight seconds remaining when Shaun Noriega was fouled by Lamb while attempting a three. Noriega knocked down all three free throws and USF quickly fouled Lamb. Lamb made just one of the two free throws before USF's Victor Rubb knocked down a three with two seconds left. However, the Huskies were able to dribble out the final ticks to secure its first conference win.