The 12th-ranked Connecticut Huskies scored six of the final eight points, including the final basket, a Shabazz Napier jumper at the buzzer, to defeat the 15th-ranked Florida Gators 65-64 on Monday night.
Napier was excellent throughout the game. With the Huskies down three, 62-59, and just 34 seconds left on the clock, Napier hit a three-pointer and was fouled by Florida’s Dorian Finney-Smith. Napier hit the free throw to give the Huskies a one-point lead. After Casey Prather found Michael Frazier II for a layup, Napier got the ball again. He badly missed a jumper, but the ball bounced back to him and he sunk his second attempt, sending the Huskies to a 65-64 victory and the Huskies’ bench running on to the court.
Napier finished with 26 points on an extremely efficient nine-of-15 shooting from the field. He also had four rebounds and three assists. DeAndre Daniels was the only other Husky in double figures, pouring in 14 points.
Prather led the Gators with 19 points and seven rebounds. Patric Young chipped in with 17 points and seven rebounds while Scottie Wilbekin scored 15.
The Huskes remain undefeated at 8-0 while the Gators fall to 6-2.