Boxscore
Connecticut 66, Michigan St 62
Friday, November 9, 2012 5:30 PM
Location - Ramstein Air Base, Ramstein
Officials - Jim Burr, Tim Clougherty, Pat Driscoll
Attendance - 3086

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Michigan St 33 29 62
Connecticut 40 26 66

Recap


Connecticut 66, No. 14 Michigan State 62: Shabazz Napier scored a game-high 25 points as the Huskies held on to win the Armed Forces Classic at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

Ryan Boatright, who twisted his ankle early in the second half, added 13 points and DeAndre Daniels added 12 as the Huskies (1-0) gave coach Kevin Ollie a victory in his debut. Ollie, an assistant the last two seasons, replaced retired Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun.

After Keith Appling’s three-point play put Michigan State (0-1) up 58-56 with 5:34 left, Napier and Boatright connected on back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Huskies ahead for good. Napier’s two free throws with 13.6 seconds left gave UConn a 64-60 lead.

Appling led Michigan State with 17 points and Branden Dawson added 15 as the Spartans lost for just the third time in their last 36 season openers.

The Huskies made 13 of their first 15 shots and led by as many as 16 points in the first half, but Michigan State clawed back to within 40-33 by halftime. Napier led UConn with 14 points in the first 20 minutes and Appling had 11 for the Spartans.

GAME NOTEBOOK: UConn has three Germans on the team: Enosch Wolf, Niels Giffey and Leon Tolksdorf. … UConn improved to 81-29 in season openers. … Michigan State’s Derrick Nix led all rebounders with 10. The Spartans had a 34-25 edge on the boards.

Michigan St Spartans

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Keith Appling 35:00 7-17 2-5 1-1 0 3 3 4 3 1 1 0 17
Branden Dawson 34:00 7-17 0-0 1-2 8 2 10 0 2 5 1 0 15
Gary Harris 30:00 4-13 1-7 2-2 1 1 2 1 3 1 0 1 11
Derrick Nix 27:00 1-5 0-0 4-6 7 4 11 1 0 0 4 0 6
Adreian Payne 15:00 2-2 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 1 3 0 3 1 6
Russell Byrd 10:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0
Brandan Kearney 6:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Travis Trice 18:00 1-5 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 3
Denzel Valentine 24:00 2-4 0-1 0-0 0 8 8 1 1 1 2 0 4
Alex Gauna 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0
TOTAL 200 24-64 4-17 10-13 17 21 38 9 15 9 15 3 62
  37.5% 23.5% 76.9% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 15

Connecticut Huskies

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Ryan Boatright 30:00 6-12 1-2 0-0 0 4 4 4 1 5 2 0 13
Omar Calhoun 25:00 0-2 0-1 1-2 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 1
DeAndre Daniels 32:00 4-8 1-2 3-4 2 6 8 0 2 1 5 3 12
Shabazz Napier 32:00 8-16 3-7 6-6 0 0 0 2 2 2 0 0 25
Tyler Olander 28:00 2-6 0-0 0-0 2 4 6 4 2 2 1 4 4
R.J. Evans 28:00 3-7 0-0 0-1 1 1 2 1 0 1 2 2 6
Enosch Wolf 11:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 3 0 0 1 2
Niels Giffey 14:00 1-2 1-1 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 2 0 3
TOTAL 200 25-54 6-13 10-13 6 19 25 13 12 11 12 10 66
  46.3% 46.2% 76.9% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 12
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