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Napier leads UConn comeback

Shabazz Napier drives to the basket on Washington’s C.J. Wilcox in the second half, when the UConn star scored 15.

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Shabazz Napier drives to the basket on Washington’s C.J. Wilcox in the second half, when the UConn star scored 15.

SEATTLE — For a while Sunday, No. 10 Connecticut seemed in danger of losing its second straight to a Pac-12 team.

Washington had a 14-point lead midway through the first half before UConn responded, with Shabazz Napier scoring 15 of his 20 in the second to lead them to an 82-70 victory.

"I think guys kind of woke up after they went on a little run," Napier said. "It gave us a little sense of urgency when they started getting up by 10 and 13."

Connecticut (10-1) was coming off its first loss of the season, 53-51 to Stanford at home Wednesday.

C.J. Wilcox hit two straight 3s to give UW a 31-17 lead with seven minutes left in the first half. UConn answered with a 15-2 run and took the lead for the first time since the opening minutes when DeAndre Daniel's layup made it 39-37 with 1:46 left in the half.

NO. 11 WICHITA ST. 77, UNCC 66: Darius Carter scored 19 to help the host Shockers (12-0) survive Jeremy Ingram's 37 and extend the best start in school history.

NO. 12 BAYLOR 81, SOUTHERN 56: Isaiah Austin had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Bears (10-1) won their 10th straight home game.

NO. 17 IOWA ST. 79, G. MASON 67: Georges Niang had 22 points as the Cyclones (9-0) won at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu despite their second fewest points this season. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended the second game pitting Oregon State vs. Akron. The Beavers are coached by Michelle Obama's brother Craig Robinson.

NO. 25 IOWA 85, ARK.-PINE BLUFF 61: Josh Oglesby scored 13 in his season debut for the host Hawkeyes (11-2), who opened their final nonconference game with a 39-5 run.

IU 90, Kennesaw St. 66: Yogi Ferrell had 25 points to lead the host Hoosiers (10-3).

MIAMI 71, LA SALLE 58: Rion Brown had 17 points to lead the host Hurricanes (7-5).

UCF 90, VALPO 62: Tristan Spurlock scored 22 at the UCF Holiday Classic, helping the Knights (8-3) win their fifth straight.

FGCU 77, FAMU 68: Brett Comer had 24 points and five assists for the Eagles at the Las Vegas Classic, sending the Rattlers (2-10) to their fifth straight loss.

TAMPA 75, PFEIFFER 74: Eric Moraes had 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Spartans (7-3) held on at the Tampa Classic.

ECKERD 67, MILES 50: Jerrick Stevenson had 16 points, five during a 13-0 second-half run that helped the Tritons (7-4) pull away at the Tampa Classic.

Notre Dame: Leading scorer Jerian Grant, son of former NBA player Harvey Grant, will miss the rest of the season because of an "academic matter," the redshirt junior guard wrote on the team's website. Grant said he is no longer enrolled but intends to return as soon as possible after the spring semester.

Women

NO. 1 UCONN 80, NO. 21 CAL 47: Breanna Stewart matched her career high with 29 points as the Huskies (12-0) routed the Bears (7-3) at Madison Square Garden.

NO. 2 DUKE 69, NO. 5 KY. 61: Tricia Liston scored a season-high 28 for the visiting Blue Devils (12-1), who held the Wildcats (11-1) to 25-of-75 shooting.

NO. 4 NOTRE DAME 106, CENT. MICH. 72: Jewell Loyd had a career-high 30 points for the host Irish (10-0).

NO. 10 S.C. 70, S.C. STATE 26: Freshman Alaina Coates scored a career-high 23 to lead the host Gamecocks (11-1).

NO. 17 PENN ST. 85, ALCORN ST. 62: Dara Taylor had 20 points and seven steals to lead the host Lions (8-3).

NO. 18 PURDUE 57, B. GREEN 48: KK Hauser pulled down a defensive rebound then hit two free throws with 21 seconds left to lift the host Boilermakers (9-2).

Napier leads UConn comeback 12/22/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 23, 2013 12:20am]
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