ARLINGTON, TX – Shabazz Napier led the way with 12 points and six assists as Connecticut knocked out the top overall seed Florida and advanced to Monday’s national championship game with a 63-53 victory.
DeAndre Daniels continued his impressive NCAA tournament with 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Huskies.
Florida raced out to a 16-4 lead and looked early like the dominant team that came into the game on a 30-game winning streak. But behind the veteran play of Napier, Connecticut cut into the lead and finished the first half on a 21-6 run to take a 25-22 edge into the break.
Patric Young led the Gators with 19 points. Connecticut will face the Wisconsin-Kentucky winner on Monday night.
Kevin Kugler, Bill Raftery and John Thompson called the action on WestwoodOne Sports.
(Patric Young has an emphatic block as Florida looks dominant early)
(Scottie Wilbekin lays one in and it’s 16-4 Gators)
(DeAndre Daniels hits a three to get UCONN within a point)
(Niels Giffey ties the game at 20-20)
(Shabazz Napier’s layup gives the Huskies a 23-22 lead)
(Napier hits from deep and it’s 31-22)
(Ryan Boatright dunks one for a 33-25 lead)
(Daniels slams one home for Connecticut and it’s 35-27)
(Boatright’s basket makes it 47-40)
(Daniels gives the Huskies a 10-point lead)
(Daniels scores again for a 57-47 lead)
(Giffey’s dunk is the exclamation point)
(The final call as )
(Postgame interview with UCONN’s Shabazz Napier)
(Postgame interview with UCONN head coach Kevin Ollie)
(Postgame interview with Florida head coach Billy Donovan)
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