Found November 19, 2012 on
Sox and Dawgs:
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 week with 19.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Napier has hit for double digits in all four games this season as the Huskies have started out 4-0 and jumped to No. 23 in the national rankings.
Napier most recently tallied a career-high 29 points in an 89-83 double-overtime victory over Quinnipiac in the semifinal of the Paradise Jam. UConn's junior captain shot 11-12 from the free-throw line to go with five rebounds and two steals.
He opened the week with 13 points and four rebounds in a 67-49 win over Vermont at Gampel Pavilion on Tuesday, November 13.
In the opener of the Paradise Jam...
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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.