Napier Makes History

Sophomore point guard Shabazz Napier became the ninth player in Connecticut history to record a triple double Sunday when he had 22 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists in an 87-70 victory over Coppin State.

Napier played 39 minutes, hit 8 of 14 shots from the field, made 3 of 5 from three-point range, 3 of 4 free throws, had one foul, one turnover, one block and two steals. All 12 rebounds were on the defensive glass.

"I told my coaches I haven't seen a triple double in a long time, especially from a point guard," Coppin State coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell said. "I mean that tells you a lot about his heart."

Napier began the week with a high fever which turned out to be caused by a gum infection. He missed practice Wednesday after having a tooth pulled, then played Thursday against Maine, when he had eight points and five rebounds.

UConn coach Jim Calhoun summed it up best: "He is one tough kid."

Here's the list of UConn's all-time triple-doubles

Player Date Opponent Stats

Shabazz Napier 11/20/11 Coppin State 22p, 12r,13a

Kemba Walker 12/3/10 UMBC 24p, 13r, 10a

Hasheem Thabeet 1/31/09 Providence 15p, 11r, 10b

Marcus Williams 2/21/06 Notre Dame 18p, 10r, 13a

Ben Gordon 12/20/03 Iona 17p, 16r, 11a

Emeka Okafor 12/6/03 Army 18p, 15r, 10b

Caron Butler 12/26/00 URI 14p, 12r, 11a

Doron Sheffer 12/30/95 Hartford 10p, 10r, 11a

Donyell Marshall 1/17/94 Hartford 23p, 11r, 10b


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