Ryan Boatright hit four free throws in the final 43.8 seconds to break a tie and lift UConn to a 65-58 upset over No. 17 Notre Dame Saturday afternoon at Purcell Pavilion.
Star of the game: Shabazz Napier kept UConn in the game early and hit a few critical buckets down the stretch. He finished with 19 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Key to the win: UConn, which receives the bulk of its scoring from the backcourt, went inside to start the second half, exploiting the post when Jack Cooley was on the bench. Tyler Olander scored six of UConn’s first seven points in the second half against Irish forward Scott Martin. Olander, who hit the 10-point plateau for the first time in the DePaul victory, scored a career-high 16 on 8-for-9 shooting from the field.
*Notre Dame forward Jack Cooley, the Big East’s leading rebounder, was relatively held in check (14 points, nine rebounds). The Irish hit six 3-pointers, though — most of them at crucial times — to stay within striking distance. A late longball from Eric Atkins brought the Irish within two, 58-56. Atkins later tied the game on a layup with 1:06 remaining.
*With a chance to tie under 40 seconds, Jerian Grant’s layup attempt was stuffed by Tyler Olander. Boatright hit the ensuing free throws to seal the win.
*After a breakout performance versus DePaul, DeAndre Daniels didn’t score a single point or register a rebound in the first half. He came up huge in the second, however, with eight points and nine boards.