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 coach Kevin Ollie. ''My hats off to the guys in the locker room, they played hard. It was just a gut-check win for us.''
UConn (4-0) trailed by 10 after after Garvey Young's 3-pointer 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, and Napier misfired on a long 3-point attempt to send the game into a second OT. There, Napier kicked things off with a 3 and the Huskies never again trailed.