David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE
Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright score 16 points apiece to lead Connecticut to a first round Paradise Jam victory over Wake Forest.
Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright each had 16 points as the Connecticut Huskies defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 77-71 at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam in St. Thomas. With the win, UConn improves to 3-0 on the season.
The first thirty minutes was a back and forth affair with both teams trading the lead with regularity. Neither team was able to stretch a lead beyond six points. That changed at the ten minute mark of the second half, as UConn would go on a 14-3 run, turning a three-point Wake Forest lead into a seven-point deficit. Shabazz Napier had eight of Connecticut's 14 points during the three-and-a-half minute stretch. Wake Forest would fight to make it a four-point game, but Napier was 4-4 from the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to seal the victory.
Connecticut will play the winner of Iona and Quinnipiac on Sunday.