Shabazz Napier hit a jumper from the free throw line as time expired to give No. 12 UConn a 65-64 win over No. 15 Florida Monday night and keep the host Huskies unbeaten.
Napier, limping on a left ankle he hurt during a 4-point play with 33 seconds left, escaped a trap around 30 feet from the basket and got off a wild shot that missed but was tipped blindly back by DeAndre Daniels. Napier grabbed the ball and let go a lefthanded jumper that went through as the horn sounded and set off a deafening cheer from the sellout crowd of 10,167 at Gampel Pavilion.
Napier finished with 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including making 5 of 8 from 3-point range.
The Huskies (8-0) and Florida (6-2), which had a five-game winning streak snapped, battled down the stretch exchanging the lead six times in the final six minutes.
Daniels had 14 points for UConn, which was outrebounded, 34-26.
This was UConn’s first game against a ranked opponent. Florida’s previous loss was in its only game against a ranked team, Wisconsin.
Scottie Wilbekin, playing in his third game of the season for the Gators after being suspended, had 15 points but he injured his ankle with 3:01 to play and never returned.
The programs’ only other meeting was in the 1994 Sweet 16, when the Gators won, 69-60, in overtime on the way to the Final Four.
Iowa State 99, Auburn 70 — Dustin Hogue set career highs with 22 points and 16 rebounds, and the 17th-ranked Cyclones (6-0) pounded the visiting Tigers (4-2).
BU 69, Quinnipiac 66 — D.J. Irving scored 22 points, including the winning 3-pointer with three seconds left, to lead the Terriers (6-2) on the road against the Bobcats (4-2).
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Michigan State remained No. 1 for a third straight week in the AP men’s poll, receiving all but two of the first-place votes, while UMass rose three spots to No. 21.
The Minutemen (6-0) haven’t played since winning the Charleston Classic last Sunday, a day before breaking into the rankings at No. 24.
Arizona moved from fourth to second, drawing the remaining two No. 1 votes from the 65-member national media panel. Kentucky remained third while Syracuse jumped from eighth to fourth. Ohio State moved up two spots to fifth, followed by former No. 2 Kansas.
Villanova won the Battle 4 Atlantis to go from unranked to No. 14.
With Dayton, coached by Archie Miller, entering the rankings at No. 25, some history was made. Archie is the brother of Arizona coach Sean Miller, and it is believed to be the first time brothers have had teams in the Top 25 at the same time.
In the women’s poll, UConn remained the unanimous No. 1 team after crushing Ohio State in its only game last week.