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COL BKB: Connecticut 89, St. Joseph's 81

Shabazz Napier scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half and overtime and Connecticut rallied to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament.
March 20, 2014 at 9:40 PM   |   Comments

Shabazz Napier scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half and overtime and Connecticut rallied to stay alive in the NCAA Tournament.

The seventh-seeded Huskies beat 10th-seeded Saint Joseph's 89-81 in their East Region opener Thursday after coming back from a 10-point deficit in the first half.

Napier, the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, scored seven in a row in overtime to give the Huskies (27-8) an eight-point lead and Saint Joe's -- with senior big man Halil Kanacevic fouled out -- was never closer than five in the last minute.

DeAndre Daniels added 18 points and Ryan Boatright scored 17 for the Huskies, who will face either second-seeded Villanova or 15th-seeded Milwaukee in the next round.

Langston Galloway scored 25 to lead Atlantic 10 champion Saint Joe's (24-10) and DeAndre Bembry had 16 points. Kanacevic ended with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

[SportsNetwork.com]

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