For the first time all season, neither Shabazz Napier nor Ryan Boatright broke into the scoring column in the first half. As a result, UConn hit the locker room trailing St. John’s, 31-20.
Napier did not start because he violated a team rule, according to a UConn official. He checked in with 13:40 remaining in the first half and missed all four of his field goal attempts. Boatright was 0-for-5, as was Niels Giffey, who started in Napier’s place. UConn shot 8-for-34 in the half.
Omar Calhoun (13 points) and DeAndre Daniels (7) combined for all of UConn’s points.
St. John’s freshman JaKarr Sampson had 10 points and five rebounds.