Jan. 31, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Sophomore guard Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.) scored 19 points and junor guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) had 18, including eight in overtime, to lead the University of Connecticut men's basketball tema to an 82-79 victory over Providence on Thursday night before a crowd of 10,180 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. UConn improves to 14-5 on the season and 4-3 in the BIG EAST, while the Friairs are 10-11 overall and 2-7 in the league.
Napier and freshman guard Omar Calhoun (Queens, N.Y.) hit three-pointers in overtime gave the Huskies a 79-76 edge with 42 seconds left in overtime. Napier hit three of four free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the victory.
Sophomore forward DeAndre Daniels (Los Angeles, Calif.) also scored 18 points for UConn, whose 50 percent shooting (27 of 54), including 52.9 percent (9 of 17) outside the three-point line, proved too much for Providence, which shot 33.8 percent (22 of 65). The Friars grabbed 55 total rebounds to the Huskies' 24.
Neither team led by more than three points during the second half, after the Huskies had taken a 33-32 halftime lead.
Kadeem Batts scored 20 points and Bryce Cotton 18 for the Friars, and LaDontae Henton had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.
UConn took an early 12-3 lead, as Providence didn't get its first field goal for 5 minutes. A 9-1 run put the Huskies ahead 25-10, but Providence scored the next eight points and closed the half with a 12-3 run to trail 33-32.
The Huskies return to action on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. as they take on USF at Gampel Pavilion. The game will be televised on SNY and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.