Final Score: Connecticut 69, South Florida 64 (OT)
Storrs, CT (Sports Network) - Shabazz Napier scored 12 of his game-high 24
points in the extra session to lead the Connecticut Huskies to a 69-64
decision over the South Florida Fulls in a Big East Conference overtime
thriller at Gampel Pavilion.
Napier also grabbed eight rebounds and swiped three steals for UConn (15-5,
5-3 Big East), which was coming off of a three-point overtime win over
Providence. Ryan Boatright added 17 points and DeAndre Daniels blocked four
shots in the win.
Toarlyn Fitzpatrick recorded a double-double of 22 points and 10 boards for
the Bulls (10-11, 1-8), who led by as many as 12 before suffering their fourth
consecutive setback. Victor Rudd chipped in 12 points, Anthony Collins scored
10, and Jawanza Poland tallied eight points, nine rebounds, and four steals
off the bench.
Both teams got off to slow starts. USF shot 35.7 percent from the field in the
opening 20 minutes. The Huskies were unable to take advantage as they went 5-
of-27 from the floor to produce their lowest scoring output in a half this
season and go into the intermission trailing, 27-15.
UConn shot out of halftime to generate a 10-0 run that made it a two-point
game just over two minutes into the second period. The Huskies eventually took
the lead, but the conference rivals traded leads back and forth in a very
competitive affair. The Bulls were behind, 52-50, before Collins made a
contested layup to tie it up. Napier missed a very deep 3-point attempt at the
buzzer which sent the game into overtime.
Napier drilled a trio of 3-pointers for the Huskies to begin the overtime
session while USF managed just one dunk by Rudd during that time. UConn held
onto its lead to complete the comeback and notch its third win in a row.
USF held a narrow, 43-41 edge in the rebounding battle, but UConn survived by
converting 26-of-33 at the free-throw line and outscoring the Bulls, 27-18,
from beyond the arc.