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Buzzer-beater From Napier Beats Gators

Buzzer-beater From Napier Beats Gators

by Steve Carney / 620 WDAE

Shabazz Napier had 26 points, including the game-winning jumper at the buzzer, giving the 12th-ranked Connecticut Huskies a 65-64 win over number-15 Florida.

The Gators took a 64-63 lead after Michael Frazier's layup with 17.7 seconds to play, but Napier ended up with the basketball after a scramble at the free-throw line and calmly put up a jump shot that went in just as the horn sounded.

Florida led by as many as eight points in the second half, but saw their lead disappear as the Huskies went on a 16-1 run midway through the second half.

The second half saw players on each side deal with ankle issues.  Florida point guard Scotty Wilbekin went down clutching his ankle with about three minutes to play in the game, and did not return.  Napier then went down after being fouled on a successful three-point shot, but would stay in the game to make the free-throw to make it 63-62.

Casey Prather led the Gators with 19 points, including 11 (on 5-5 shooting) in the second half.

Connecticut remains unbeaten in eight contests this year, while the Gators fall to 6-2 on the year.

Florida's schedule doesn't get any easier, as their next matchup takes place December 10 at the O'Connell Center, when they take on 6th-ranked Kansas as part of the Big XII / SEC Challenge.

 

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