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UConn upsets No. 11 Cincinnati 51-45

Coach Loses It In Middle Of Game

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Shabazz Napier scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead UConn to a 51-45 upset of No. 11 Cincinnati on Saturday.

The Huskies (23-6, 11-5 American Athletic Conference) won despite going without a field goal for the game's final 7 1/2 minutes.

But they held Cincinnati (24-5, 13-3) to just 13 baskets on 48 shots, while scoring 15 baskets on the same number of attempts.

Napier, the Huskies' player of the year candidate, bested Cincinnati's, Sean Kilpatrick, who finished with 16 points.

UConn led by one at halftime. But the Bearcats had just one field goal in the first 7 1/2 minutes after intermission, and Connecticut went on a 13-4 run over the first 11 1/2 minutes to open up a 39-29 lead.

The Bearcats were able to cut that to three points late, but UConn hit five free throws down the stretch to hold on.

Connecticut's final field goal came with 7:39 left in the game, a Ryan Boatright dunk that made it 41-32.

Cincinnati chipped away, cutting the lead to 45-42 on a pair of free throws by Shaquille Thomas, and the Bearcats had the ball trailing 47-43 with 36 seconds left.

But Phil Nolan stepped in front of a Kilpatrick drive to the basket, drawing a charging foul.

The Bearcats were forced to foul again, and Napier sealed the win with a pair of free throws. It was the senior's 25th double-digit game during a season in which he has put up a career-best 516 points.

He hit just 4 of 13 shots, but was 9 of 10 from the foul line.

Lasan Kromah finished with nine points for UConn while guarding Kilpatrick, and holding the Cincinnati star to 4 of 16 shooting.

The Huskies scored 20 points off 20 Cincinnati turnovers.

It was a game of big runs in the first half.

UConn scored seven in a row and held Cincinnati without a point for more than seven minutes. But the Huskies hit just two of their first 15 shots.

The Bearcats trailed just 9-7 after Kilpatrick followed up on his missed layup. That started a 10-0 run that put Cincinnati up 15-9.

The Huskies countered with a 9-0 run before things settled down.

Kilpatrick had 12 of his points in the first half. His second 3-pointer of the game gave Cincinnati a 25-20 lead. It was the 300th 3-pointer of his career.

UConn scored the final six points before intermission, with Napier cutting through the Cincinnati defense to give the Huskies a 26-25 advantage at halftime.

It was UConn's first win against any of the teams ahead of it in the conference.

The Bearcats, who had not played since their one-point loss to Louisville last Saturday, could have sealed at least a share of the conference title by winning this one and their final two.

UConn has won six of seven since falling to Cincinnati 63-58 in Ohio on Feb. 7.

The 11th-ranked Bearcats came into the game tied for first place with Louisville.


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irishroyal317 March 01 2014 at 4:46 PM

Great role modeling, Coach.

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meatra irishroyal317 March 01 2014 at 8:06 PM

He should have received a couple more technicals for standing on the court when ball in play.

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tyler931 March 02 2014 at 7:14 AM

The Referee took over the team, due to the teams respect for him....and ... as a result the coach lost his teams respect...there are alot of fallout situations and this is the worst ...the season is gone for Cinci!

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rtheryoung tyler931 March 02 2014 at 8:25 AM

Still tied for first place in their conference, 24 and 5, will finish in the top 20, the season is hardly over.

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alydartwo March 01 2014 at 11:18 PM

Another over-paid idiot.

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rtheryoung March 02 2014 at 8:22 AM

A week ago it took officials seven and a half minutes to review a video replay of a similar call.
After reversing their call twice the officials gave the ball to the other team at a crucial time in the game. This time there was no review, not even in this article, to prove whether it was a correct
call or not. Cronin had ever right to challenge the call, Pitino did it last week and won. After the game
Cronin had nothing but praise for the official involved.

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lonnie65l March 02 2014 at 8:50 AM

Its time the rules are inforced and the refs get some help from the NCAA. Stop the coaches from walking or running past the line and going onto the floor and screaming and making asses out of their school, players and themselves. Coachs are totally out of control. Stop it with whatever authority the NCAA has. This is ruining college BB. It has gotten so bad its not enjoyable to watch it and I have been a huge fan of college BB for many years.

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rbell72981 March 02 2014 at 4:17 PM

players,coaches, and refs keep getting away with mor and more and the game and the fans suffer.

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tgarcia201 rbell72981 March 02 2014 at 11:58 PM

In some arenas fans are abusive and out of control.

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rbell72981 March 02 2014 at 4:16 PM

How do you not throw out a coach over that?

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Bewley Steve March 01 2014 at 10:28 PM

"That's entertainment!"

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spokajo March 01 2014 at 10:06 PM

Should have been tossed, lucky his players got between them. Ref gave him way to much leeway.

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zzyxx March 02 2014 at 1:34 AM

this coach needs some anger management......there is a great course offered by bobby knight.

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