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Napier scores 15 points as No. 21 UConn edges No. 13 Cincinnati 58-56 to reach American final

  • Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick celebrates after scoring against Connecticut during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament Friday, March 14, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick celebrates after scoring against Connecticut during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament Friday, March 14, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Connecticut guard Niels Giffey (5) defends Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference men's tournament Friday, March 14, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Connecticut guard Niels Giffey (5) defends Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference men's tournament Friday, March 14, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cincinnati guard Kevin Johnson, right, gets past Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament Friday, March 14, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Cincinnati guard Kevin Johnson, right, gets past Connecticut guard Ryan Boatright, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament Friday, March 14, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

Shabazz Napier hit a free throw with 11.1 seconds left as No. 21 Connecticut held off 13th-ranked Cincinnati 58-56 Friday night to advance to the American Athletic Conference tournament final.

The Huskies (26-7) were barred from last year's tournament in the Big East, and now they are back in their first tournament final since 2011 when they won the national championship. They will play another former Big East team for the inaugural American tournament title Saturday in No. 5 Louisville, a 94-65 winner over Houston.

Cincinnati (27-6) lost to UConn for the second straight time and missed out on its second tournament final in three years.

The Bearcats had the ball and a final chance with Napier defending Sean Kilpatrick, but the Cincinnati senior missed a layup with 3 seconds left. Cincinnati couldn't get another shot off before the buzzer.

Napier finished with 15 points.