UConn rebounds with road win at Washington

Updated: December 22, 2013

Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) – Shabazz Napier overcame a sluggish start and
dropped 15 of his 20 points in the second half of No. 10 Connecticut’s 82-70
road triumph over Washington from Alaska Airlines Arena.

Napier shot 9-of-10 from the free throw line and grabbed a team-high six
rebounds in the win. Ryan Boatright netted 16 points while Lasan Kromah came
off the bench and provided a ton of energy en route to 14 points and five

Connecticut (10-1) was coming off its first loss of the season, a 53-51 heart-
breaker to Stanford.

C.J. Wilcox scored 19 points for Washington (6-5), which had its brief two-
game winning streak come to an end. Wilcox, who surpassed 1500 career points
last time out, passed Louis Nelson and Steve Hawes for ninth place on UW’s
all-time scoring list.

Darin Johnson chipped in 13 points off the bench and Mike Anderson tallied 10
with seven rebounds.

Washington assumed control early on, jumping out to a 31-17 edge on Wilcox’s
triple at 7:03 of the first half. UConn then came alive, using a 15-2 surge to
pull within a point. After Anderson ended the run, Boatright drilled a 3-
pointer to tie it at 35-35.

Napier’s first bucket of the game came seconds before the halftime buzzer and
put the visitors in front 43-39 at intermission.

Napier picked up where he left off in the second period, sinking his first two
jumpers to extend the margin. Kromah capped a 6-0 burst with a jumper of his
own for a 10-point edge, but Washington responded and pulled to within 53-48
on consecutive treys by Johnson and Wilcox.

Then, Washington went cold. The Huskies went more than four minutes without a
basket as Connecticut built a 62-48 lead.

The two teams played even the rest of the way, with Washington getting as
close as eight points with 8:27 to play. But UConn turned it up defensively
down the stretch, forcing 11 seconds half turnovers as it rolled to the finish

Game Notes

No UConn player had more than one assist … Washington fell to 6-6 at home
against top-10 foes under Lorenzo Romar … Connecticut shot 54.9 percent from
the floor and 88 percent (22-of-25) from the free throw line.