UConn defeats Providence 82-79 in overtime

UConn defeats Providence 82-79 in overtime
January 31, 2013, 10:04 pm
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Providence guard Kris Dunn (3) and forward Kadeem Batts (10) defend against Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Ryan Boatright scored 19 points and Shabazz Napier had 18, including eight in overtime, to lead Connecticut to an 82-79 victory over Providence on Thursday night.

Napier and Omar Calhoun hit 3-pointers in overtime gave the Huskies (14-5, 4-3 Big East) a 79-76 edge with 42 seconds left in overtime. Napier hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 30 seconds to secure the victory.

DeAndre Daniels also scored 18 points for UConn, whose 50 percent shooting (27 of 54), including 52.9 percent (9 of 17) outside the 3-point line, proved too much for Providence (10-11, 2-7), which shot 33.8 percent (22 of 65).

Neither team led by more than three points during the second half, after the Huskies had taken a 33-32 halftime lead.

Kadeem Batts scored 20 points and Bryce Cotton 18 for the Friars, and LaDontae Henton had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.