“We relentless, man.” Those were the words of Shabazz Napier, the senior point guard for the victorious UConn Huskies. UConn beat Indiana 59-58 to win the 2K Sports Classic benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Both teams fought for the title at Madison Square Garden from the opening tip-off. In the first half, the fighting turned into sloppy play as both teams combined for twenty turnovers. UConn was able to separate itself at the end of the first half on two three-pointers by Shabazz Napier during the final 48 seconds. The Huskies would head into the half with a 30-24 lead.
The second half saw tremendous play between the Hoosiers and Huskies. The two teams combined for 12 lead changes in what turned into a great heavyweight fight at the Garden. Both teams were led by their point guards off the ropes, and back on top. In the end, Napier made a layup at 1:35 to give the Huskies a 59-58 lead, and the Hoosiers would not retaliate.
Napier finished the game with 27 points on 10-14 shooting, including 4-6 from beyond the arc. Hoosier point guard Yogi Ferrell had 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Hoosier forward Troy Williams had a disappointing two points and five rebounds.
Tonight was a showcase of Shabazz Napier’s immense talent at the point guard position. He is a true floor general, and no doubt the scouts at the Garden took notice. UConn’s success this year will be largely attributed to the success of Napier. Indiana has a chance to be a great team, but freshman Troy Williams must develop into a consistent player for the Hoosiers to be competitive against the better teams in the Big Ten.
Boston College beat Washington 89-78 in the consolation game of the 2K Sports Classic. The Eagles seem to be turning their season around after a tough loss to UConn last night.