In search of its 20th win, UConn received a boost from Shabazz Napier, who had missed the past two games with a sprained right foot, and took a 32-26 lead over Providence into halftime Saturday.
Napier had five points, four rebounds and two assists. DeAndre Daniels continued his recent scoring tear, going for 12 in the opening half.
He sunk a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 5:35 remaining, extending UConn’s lead to 27-17. The 6-foot-8 sophomore later hit a reverse layup to end a 7-0 Friars run.
After getting pounded on the glass in its first meeting with Providence, the undermanned Huskies held even, 17-17, in the first half.
Omar Calhoun (sprained wrist), Tyler Olander (fractured left foot) and Niels Giffey (fractured right index finger) are out of the lineup.