HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ UConn guard Ryan Boatright often wears his emotions on his face. On Thursday, they were just a bit more visible.
The junior guard had the initials “AW” drawn on his cheek in marker during the team’s nationally televised game at Memphis.
It was a visible tribute to his cousin, 20-year-old Arin Williams, who was shot to death Monday in Boatright’s hometown of Aurora, Ill. Williams’ mother had died in childbirth, and he and Boatright were raised as brothers in Boatright’s home.
Boatright scored seven points and dished out four assists in UConn’s 83-73 upset of the No. 17 Tigers.
He said the “AW” on his cheek also was there to remind him that he is playing basketball to give his family a better life.
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