HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Shabazz Napier scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead UConn to a 51-45 upset of No. 11 Cincinnati on Saturday.
The Huskies (23-6, 11-5 American Athletic Conference) won despite going without a field goal for the game’s final 7½ minutes.
But they held Cincinnati (24-5, 13-3) to just 13 baskets on 48 shots.
Napier, the Huskies’ player of the year candidate, bested Cincinnati’s, Sean Kilpatrick, who finished with 16 points.
UConn led by one at halftime. But the Bearcats had just one field goal in the first 7½ minutes after intermission, and Connecticut went on a 13-4 run over the first 11½ minutes to open up a 39-29 lead.
The Bearcats were able to cut that to three points late, but UConn hit five free throws down the stretch to hold on.