Napier Leads UConn Past FSU In OT
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Shabazz Napier hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left in overtime and finished with 26 points, leading No. 4 Connecticut to a 78-76 victory over 22nd-ranked Florida State in the consolation game of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Saturday.
Napier also had five assists, four rebounds and two steals, bouncing back from a terrible performance in the Huskies’ 68-63 loss to Central Florida on Friday. The point guard committed seven turnovers and went 1 for 7 from the field against the Knights.
Jeremy Lamb added 19 points for Connecticut (6-1), which shot 48 percent from the field, including 11 for 25 from 3-point range. Andre Drummond had 12 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.
Michael Snaer scored 20 points for Florida State (5-2), which lost 46-41 to Harvard on Friday. Delividas Dulkys had 14, and Bernard James finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
James’ three-point play gave the Seminoles a 76-75 lead, but Napier made his sixth 3-pointer of the game to put the Huskies back in front with 1:08 left.
Florida State’s Luke Loucks missed a 3-point attempt and two free throws in the final minute, and Snaer missed a 3 at the buzzer, giving Connecticut the win.
The Huskies led 63-58 with 8:32 left in regulation but the Seminoles battled back. James had a dunk and Xavier Gibson made a 3-pointer to tie it at 65.
Connecticut blew a 17-point lead in the second half of its loss to Central Florida.
Jim Calhoun’s team appeared to be headed to another frustrating loss before Ryan Boatwright made three free throws with seven seconds left to tie it at 71. Snaer then missed a last-second jumper, sending the game to overtime.