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Kendall Williams scored 15 points and New Mexico staved off a late Connecticut rally to lead the Lobos to a 66-60 victory in the championship game of the Paradise Jam.
New Mexico led by 10 early in the second half, and by nine with as little as 8:15 left. But No. 21 UConn (4-1) went on a 10-0 run and took the lead after three Ryan Boatright free throws with 2:23 to play.
However, the Lobos countered with a 9-0 run, paced by five points from Hugh Greenwood, then made all four foul shots in the final 39 seconds to seal the victory.
Shabazz Napier led UConn with 23 points, including 13 straight Husky points during one second-half stretch. Boatright added 12 points and Omar Calhoun 10.
Greenwood added 12 points for the Lobos, Tony Snell added 11 and Alex Kirk 10.
UConn won the event the last time it participated, in 2008.
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New Mexico turned back another late rally by an opponent – this time Top 25 Connecticut – defeating the Huskies 66-60 to win the Paradise Jam tournament title in the U.S. Virgin Islands late Monday night.
Junior Kendall Williams score 16 points to lead the Lobos as UNM countered a late 11-0 run by UConn with a 9-0 run of their own in the final two minutes of the game.
Junior Tony Snell hit a three-pointer with 1.8 second left to lift New Mexico over George Mason 70-69 Sunday afternoon in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam tournament in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
New Mexico kept No. 21 Connecticut from winning the lone tournament it could have won this season.
Tournament MVP Kendall Williams scored 15 points and the Lobos staved off a late UConn rally en route to a 66-60 victory in the championship game of the Paradise Jam.
New Mexico (4-0) led by 10 points early in the second half, and by nine with as little as 7:11 left. But UConn (4...
Tony Snell hit a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left, giving New Mexico a 70-69, come-from-behind victory over George Mason in the Paradise Jam on Sunday.
George Mason went ahead, 69-64, on a pair of free throws with 17.7 seconds left. But Kendall Williams hit a 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds remaining, and then stole the inbounds pass. The ball wound up in the hands of Snell, who made...