Published November 18, 2012
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – Shabazz Napier scored 23 of his career-high 29 points in the final 3:24 of regulation and two overtime periods to help No. 23 Connecticut beat Quinnipiac 89-83 Sunday night in the Paradise Jam.
UConn (4-0) trailed by 55-45 after Evan Conti's 3-pointer with 4:56 left in regulation. But Ryan Boatright countered with a three-point play and Napier scored 11 of the Huskies' next 13 points, including a driving layup with 4.2 seconds left.
Quinnipiac's Dave Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left in the first overtime to send it into the second extra period. There, Napier kicked things off with a 3 and the Huskies never again trailed.
UConn has now won 67 straight games against in-state foes, dating back to a Dec. 29, 1986 loss to Hartford in former coach Jim Calhoun's first year at the helm.
Quinnipiac (2-2), located 45 minutes from UConn, is coached by former Huskies assistant Tom Moore. The Huskies are now 16-0 against former Calhoun assistants.
Boatright added 18 points and Omar Calhoun had 17 as the guard trio accounted for 64 UConn points.
UConn advances to the tournament finals, where it will face New Mexico on Monday night.