Connecticut 61, Washington 53

Saturday, December 29, 2012 7:30 PM
Location - XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut
Officials - Brian O'Connell, Mike Roberts, Michael Stephens
Attendance - 12720

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Washington 26 27 53
Connecticut 31 30 61

Recap


Connecticut 61, Washington 53: Shabazz Napier shook off a career-high-tying seven turnovers and finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, powering host Connecticut to their fourth victory in as many tries over Washington.

Omar Calhoun poured in a team-high 14 points while Ryan Boatright added 12 for Connecticut (10-2), which improved to 4-0 in the XL Center this season and 229-83 all-time at the venue.

Scott Suggs scored a game-high 15 points for Washington (8-5).

Washington took its last lead of the game at 24-23 on a 3-pointer by Suggs with 5:17 left before the break. Connecticut suffered through a field goal drought that lasted the final 9:42 of the first half, but hit 10 straight free throws to offset the cold stretch and take a 31-26 halftime advantage.

Boatright ended the dry spell with a layup on the first possession of the second half, sparking a 7-0 run that stretched the margin to 38-26. Suggs began to warm up as he scored 10 of his team’s next 18 points to move Washington to within 48-44, but Napier and Boatright each connected on jumpers to help Connecticut re-establish a 12-point lead with 2:23 remaining.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Connecticut first-year coach Kevin Ollie was handed a five-year extension earlier in the day to stay with his alma mater. … Washington set a season low in field goal percentage for the second straight game, connecting on 29.7 percent of its attempts to fall to 2-13 in the Eastern Time zone since 2003. … The team combined for 17 offensive rebounds (Washington 13), but scored only seven second-chance points.

Washington Huskies

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Desmond Simmons 32:00 2-8 1-2 1-2 6 4 10 0 2 3 3 1 6
Scott Suggs 39:00 5-15 2-6 3-3 0 2 2 4 1 2 2 0 15
Abdul Gaddy 23:00 4-10 0-2 0-1 3 3 6 3 5 1 2 0 8
C.J. Wilcox 34:00 2-12 1-6 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 1 5
Aziz N'Diaye 14:00 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 0
Shawn Kemp Jr. 21:00 4-9 0-0 1-1 1 3 4 0 3 0 1 1 9
Andrew Andrews 23:00 2-5 0-1 5-7 2 4 6 2 4 1 3 0 9
Jernard Jarreau 14:00 0-2 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1
TOTAL 200 19-64 4-17 11-16 13 21 34 10 20 8 13 3 53
  29.7% 23.5% 68.8% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 13

Connecticut Huskies

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
DeAndre Daniels 35:00 4-9 1-2 0-0 0 5 5 1 4 0 2 1 9
Omar Calhoun 29:00 6-10 0-4 2-4 0 1 1 2 0 0 2 0 14
Tyler Olander 17:00 1-3 0-0 2-2 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 4
Shabazz Napier 36:00 3-10 1-6 6-8 0 8 8 4 2 3 7 0 13
Ryan Boatright 32:00 5-11 0-2 2-4 0 2 2 3 3 0 2 0 12
Enosch Wolf 17:00 1-2 0-0 0-1 2 7 9 0 1 1 2 2 2
Phillip Nolan 6:00 0-0 0-0 3-4 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3
R.J. Evans 15:00 2-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 1 1 2 2 1 0 4
Niels Giffey 13:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 22-47 2-14 15-25 4 27 31 13 16 6 17 4 61
  46.8% 14.3% 60.0% Team Rebs: 9   Total TO: 17