St. Thomas, VI (Sports Network) - When UConn had to have Shabazz Napier, he
Napier netted 25 of his 29 points in the second half and overtime, including
the game-tying layup to send the game into extra time, in No. 23 Connecticut's
89-83 double-overtime win over Quinnipiac in the semifinals of the Paradise
Napier was limited to four points on just 1-of-10 shooting in the first half
for UConn (4-0), which will play New Mexico in the championship game on
Dave Johnson tallied 16 points to lead the Bobcats (2-2), who will face George
Mason in the third-place game.
Garvey Young's 3-pointer gave Quinnipiac a 55-45 advantage with 5:03 to play
in the second half, but Napier and the Huskies outscored the Bobcats, 15-5,
the rest of the way in regulation to force an extra session.
Ryan Boatright's three-point play and Napier's driving layup pulled the
Huskies within five before a pair of Johnson free throws and floater,
sandwiched around another Napier layup, made it 59-52 in favor of Quinnipiac
with 2:09 left.
Napier then hit a triple and another driving layup before Johnson hit two more
free throws, which made it a 61-57 game.
Boatright made two from the line and after Ike Azotam's leaner didn't fall,
another Napier layup with three ticks on the clock knotted the contest.
The Huskies had a 75-71 margin in the first overtime after Napier made a pair
from the stripe, but Young answered with a triple before Napier knocked down
two more free throws for a three-point lead with 12 seconds to go.
Johnson, though, drained a deep triple from the right wing with eight ticks on
the clock to send the contest to another extra session.
UConn finally seized control in the second overtime with a 9-3 swing that gave
it an 86-80 lead.
Ousmane Drame's dunk with 1:29 left made it a one-possession game, but Napier
hit two more foul shots and Johnson's missed leaner essentially sealed the
Earlier, the Huskies shot just 23.1 percent (6-of-26) over the first 20
minutes and the game was tied heading into the break, 26-26.
Napier and Boatright combined to go 1-of-16 in the opening half ... Quinnipiac
outrebounded the Huskies, 40-28 ... The Bobcats committed 17 turnovers
compared to just nine for UConn.
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