Dec. 7, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Univeristy of Connecticut sophomore forward DeAndre Daniels (Los Angeles, Calif.) scored a career-high 23 points and the Huskies' men's basketball team beat Harvard by a 57-49 on Friday before a crowd of 9,113 at Gampel Pavilion. UConn improves to 7-2 on the season and now head into a break for fall final examinations. Harvard's record evens out at 4-4.
UConn sophomore Ryan Boatright (Aurora, Ill.) added 16 points for the Huskies, whose two losses this season have both coming to teams that are currently nationally-ranked.
Wesley Saunders had 14 points and Steve Moundou-Missi added 10 for Harvard. Harvard trailed by three at halftime and was down just 33-32 after a layup by Saunders early in the second half.
The Huskies then went on a 13-2 run over the next seven-and-a-half minutes and stretched that lead to 12. An alley-oop from junior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) to junoir forward Niels Giffey (Berlin, Germany) made it 46-34 and brought the Gampel crowd to their feet. UConn was able to keep Harvard at arm's length the rest of the way.
Daniels, who played despite suffering back spasms in the Huskies' loss to North Carolina State on Tuesday, had 15 points in the first half and eight during a 15-2 UConn run that opened the game.
The Crimson missed their first six shots, and had five turnovers before they scored their first basket, a dunk by Jonah Travis, six minutes into the game. UConn, meanwhile, hit six of its first seven shots.
UConn junior center Enosch Wolf (Goettingen, Germany) made his first career start after putting up career highs of 12 points and nine rebounds against North Carolina State last Tuesday. He blocked the game's first shot and had two early baskets in UConn's opening run.
When he went to the bench for a rest, Harvard got back into the game by going on an 11-0 run. Christian Webster had two three-pointers during that stretch and three in the half. The Crimson got within a point at 25-24 on a layup by Moundou-Missi, and trailed 27-24 at halftime.
Daniels (15), Boatright (eight), and Wolf (four) were the only Huskies to score in first half. A dunk by Giffey that made it 39-34 midway through the second half was the first basket by another Husky.
Napier had just six points, all in the second half, but he had nine assists and added seven rebounds. Napier had been averaging 18.6 points a game, and almost 13 of those in the second half.
UConn was outrebounded 27-20 and has been outrebounded in eight of its nine games. Harvard falls to 0-4 against UConn under coach Tommy Amaker, and the Huskies lead the series 16-2. Harvard hasn't beaten UConn since 1972.
The Huskies return to action on Monday, Dec. 17 when they take on Maryland-Eastern Shore at the XL Center at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised on SNY and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.