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Shabazz Napier scored 23 of his career-high 29 points in the final 3:24 of regulation and two overtime periods to help No. 23 Connecticut beat Quinnipiac 89-83 Sunday night in the Paradise Jam.
UConn (4-0) trailed by 55-45 after Evan Conti's 3-pointer with 4:56 left in regulation. But Ryan Boatright countered with a three-point play and Napier scored 11 of the Huskies' next 13 points, including a driving layup with 4.2 seconds left.
Quinnipiac's Dave Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left in the first overtime to send it into the second extra period. There, Napier kicked things off with a 3 and the Huskies never again trailed.
UConn has now won 67 straight games against in-state foes, dating back to a Dec. 29, 1986 loss to Hartford in former coach Jim Calhoun's first year at the helm.
Quinnipiac (2-2), located 45 minutes from UConn, is coached by former Huskies assistant Tom Moore. The Huskies are now 16-0 against former Calhoun assistants.
BEST OF MAXIM
A nice honor for the man who carried the UConn Huskies men's basketball team to a 3-0 week last week.
Here's the release from UConn:
STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut junior guard Shabazz Napier (Roxbury, Mass.) has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday, as announced by the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. Napier led the Huskies to a 3-0...
Connecticut continued its 26-year dominance over in-state rivals on Sunday night -- barely.
Shabazz Napier scored 23 of his career-high 29 points in the final 3:24 of regulation and two overtime periods, and the 23rd-ranked Huskies survived a major upset bid by Quinnipiac in an 89-83 win at the Paradise Jam.
''It was a hard-fought victory,'' said first-year UConn...
It's been since 1986 when the UConn Huskies men's basketball team last lost to an in-state team.
Since a 49-48 loss to the Hartford Hawks that year, which happened to be former coach Jim Calhoun's first year at the helm, the Huskies are 66-0 against teams from the state. Late on Sunday night in the 2012 Paradise Jam, they almost saw that streak come to an end.