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Huskies deny Hoosiers, hang on

NEW YORK — When a Connecticut guard has a game in Madison Square Garden like Shabazz Napier did Friday, there is only one name he can be compared to: Kemba Walker.

Napier, who scored 27 and dominated the No. 18 Huskies' 59-58 victory over Indiana in the final of the 2K Sports Classic, was more than happy to hear Walker's name come up.

"That's my big brother," said Napier, a reserve on the 2011 national title team that Walker led. "I try to emulate everything that he does."

Walker had an 11-game run for the ages when he led the Huskies to the Big East title and then the NCAA championship.

Napier's driving basket with 1:34 left for UConn (6-0) ended the scoring. Indiana turned the ball over twice and Yogi Ferrell missed a jumper in that span.

"He is an incredible high level guard," Indiana coach Tom Crean said of the 6-foot-1 Napier. "That is a 12-, 13-year pro."

Indiana (5-1) had the last scoring chance. Ferrell missed a jumper and the rebound rolled out of bounds. With 0.7 seconds left, Jeremy Hollowell inbounded to Noah Vonleh, but his jumper was late.

No. 1 Mich. St. 96, Va. Tech 77: Forward Adreian Payne scored a career-high 29 on 10-of-15 shooting for the Spartans (5-0) in a semifinal of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Brooklyn, N.Y.

No. 2 Kansas 88, Towson 58: Freshman Andrew Wiggins scored 16 and Andrew White 13 as the host Jayhawks cruised in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Wiggins shot 6-for-7 in the first half for KU (4-0) while Towson was 6-for-29.

No. 10 VCU 73, Long Beach St. 67: Rob Brandenberg scored 19 for the Rams (4-1), who erased an eight-point deficit with a 13-0 second-half run at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.

UMass 81, No. 19 New Mexico 65: Chaz Williams scored 19 and Raphiael Puntey added 18 as the Minutemen made the final of the Charleston (S.C.) Classic. Alex Kirk led the Lobos (3-1) with a career-high 32 points.

VA. Union 68, Saint Leo 62: Jerrel Harris scored 31 for the host Lions (6-1), but Saint Leo shot 36.9 percent in its first defeat while allowing Virginia Union to shoot 53.3 percent.

No. 5 Arizona: The team signed four: 6-foot-3 guard Kadeem Allen (Wilmington, N.C.), 5-8 guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright (Los Angeles), 6-7 forward Stanley Johnson (Santa, Ana, Calif.) and 6-8 forward Craig Victory (New Orleans).

Missouri: Stefan Jankovic, a 6-11 sophomore forward, will transfer, the school said. He played 28 games, averaging 3.1 points and 1.6 rebounds.


No. 1 UConn 96, Boston 38: Stefanie Dolson had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the host Huskies (6-0) in the first round of the Hall of Fame Challenge tournament. Breanna Stewart led UConn with 25 points.

No. 9 Baylor 88, N'western St. 54: Odyssey Sims scored 30 to help the Bears (5-0) extend the nation's longest home winning streak to 62 games.

No. 18 Purdue 76, Belmont 46: Ashley Morrissette had 12 points and April Wilson scored 11 for the host Boilermakers (4-0), who forced 20 turnovers.

No. 20 Okla. St. 82, USC 51: Guard Brittney Martin had 22 points to lead four players in double figures and added 10 rebounds to lead host OSU (5-0).

Tampa 62, Sonoma (Calif.) St. 41: Taylor McVey had 14 points and seven rebounds and Keke Jones added eight points and 13 rebounds for the visiting Spartans (3-1).

Huskies deny Hoosiers, hang on 11/22/13 [Last modified: Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:29am]
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