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UConn 89, Saint Joseph’s 81 | OT

UConn outlasts Saint Joseph’s in NCAA Tournament

Shabazz Napier drove to the basket against the Hawks. UConn beat Saint Joseph’s in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Shabazz Napier drove to the basket against the Hawks. UConn beat Saint Joseph’s in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Shabazz Napier shook off a miss at the second-half buzzer to score nine of his 24 points in overtime and lead seventh-seeded Connecticut to a 89-81 win over Saint Joseph’s in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

DeAndre Daniels scored 18 while freshman center Amida Brimah forced overtime by completing a three-point play in the final minute for UConn (27-8). The Huskies won their first tournament game under coach Kevin Ollie, who took over two years ago after Jim Calhoun stepped down due to health issues.

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With the game tied at 70 entering overtime, Daniels opened the scoring by completed a three-point play with 3:47 left during a 5-minute period the Huskies never trailed.

Langston Galloway scored 25 points for Saint Joseph’s (24-10). The Hawks wore down because of a lack of depth, and then lost their top forward Halil Kanacevic, who fouled out early into overtime.

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