A balanced offensive attack and some feisty rebounding helped UConn take a 29-24 lead into the break against No. 6 Syracuse Wednesday night at the XL Center.
Ryan Boatright, who had five points, swished a straightaway 3-pointer at the first half buzzer to give UConn its largest lead. Tyler Olander, more valuable than ever with Enosch Wolf sidelined due to suspension, scored the team’s first four points, but picked up a crucial third foul with 1:01 remaining.
Shabazz Napier was held scoreless until the 3:30 mark. His 3-ball from the left wing put UConn ahead 22-21.