A boring 30 minutes turned into a wild finish Tuesday night as UConn, once again powered by Shabazz Napier, cut into a 10-point deficit and took a 69-66 lead on Marquette.
Junior Cadougan, a 16.7 percent 3-point shooter for the year, drilled a buzzer-beater to force overtime. And after an odd beginning to the extra session, the Golden Eagles pulled out an 82-76 victory at the Bradley Center.
Some links, notes and quotes:
*My column from the game. Bad breaks doomed UConn, but a last-second lapse didn’t help.
*Big East official Karl Hess admits the refs botched the call at the start of overtime. UConn should have been awarded two points.
*DeAndre Daniels (11 points, one rebound) left with a chin injury at the 12:36 mark of the second half. He didn’t return until Niels Giffey fouled out with 17 seconds remaining in overtime.
“We went with Niels because he was playing well,” said UConn coach Kevin Ollie. “He was boxing out, playing hard. DeAndre got popped in the mouth pretty good, he started bleeding again, but with the flow of the game, I couldn’t get him back in….we can’t get outrebounded like we did in the first half, so I had to insert somebody.”
*Shabazz Napier was prolific, matching a career-high with 29 points and also leading the Huskies with eight rebounds (you can view that as a good thing or a bad thing).
“Every time I need something from him, he performs,” Ollie said. “He was a great player today. He made shots, he was in attack mode, and he’s one of the best rebounders on our team.”