ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) _ Shabazz Napier scored 23
of his career-high 29 points in the final 3:24 of regulation and
two overtime periods to help No. 23 Connecticut beat Quinnipiac
89-83 Sunday night in the Paradise Jam.

UConn (4-0) trailed by 55-45 after Evan Conti’s 3-pointer with
4:56 left in regulation. But Ryan Boatright countered with a
three-point play and Napier scored 11 of the Huskies’ next 13
points, including a driving layup with 4.2 seconds left.

Quinnipiac’s Dave Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left
in the first overtime to send it into the second extra period.
There, Napier kicked things off with a 3 and the Huskies never
again trailed.

UConn has now won 67 straight games against in-state foes,
dating back to a Dec. 29, 1986 loss to Hartford in former coach Jim
Calhoun’s first year at the helm.

Quinnipiac (2-2), located 45 minutes from UConn, is coached by
former Huskies assistant Tom Moore. The Huskies are now 16-0
against former Calhoun assistants.

Boatright added 18 points and Omar Calhoun had 17 as the guard
trio accounted for 64 UConn points.

UConn advances to the tournament finals, where it will face New
Mexico on Monday night.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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