BY: John Mamola
Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright led an 18-0 second-run following a sluggish first half to seal a UCONN come from behind win in Tampa beating USF 61-56 on Wednesday night.
Napier scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half including a clutch three point bucket late in the game. Boatright delivered 11 of 14 during the game-changing run that turned a nine-point deficit into a 47-38 lead for the Huskies. This is the same UCONN team who beat USF by 43 points in Hartford two weeks ago.
USF guard Josh Heath made two free throws with under a minute to play including a layup as well to trim UConn's lead to 58-56. Napier hit that long clutch 3-pointer with 23.6 seconds remaining, putting it out of reach.
Victor Rudd led the Bulls with 14 points and eight rebounds.