(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — Shabazz Napier scored a team-high 24 points, including nine in overtime, to lead seventh-seeded Connecticut past 10th-seeded St. Joseph’s 89-81 Thursday, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
UConn (27-8) had a chance to win it in regulation but Napier’s 23-footer just missed. That didn’t faze the Huskies, who went on a 10-3 run to open overtime.
“Just because I missed two shots, three shots doesn’t mean I’m not going to take the next one with a lot of confidence,” Napier said. “Today was a big dogfight, but we willed ourselves and just continued to push each other to get the win.”
St. Joseph’s (24-10) received a game-high 25 points from senior guard Langston Galloway.
DeAndre Daniels scored 18 points and Ryan Boatright added 17 for UConn, who wins their first NCAA tournament game under head coach Kevin Ollie.
UConn now advances to take on second-seeded Villanova on Saturday.
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