Boatright Helps in Debut

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - Ryan Boatwright was playing in his first game for No. 4 Connecticut. Shabazz Napier was coming off a miserable performance against Central Florida.

No problem.

Boatwright, a freshman, made three free throws with seven seconds left in regulation, Napier scored 26 points and the Huskies beat No. 22 Florida State, 78-76, in overtime Saturday in the consolation game of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas. On Friday, Connecticut had lost to Central Florida, 68-63.

"I'm proud of our kids," Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said. "Boatwright doesn't get much play, but he has an awful lot of courage. He didn't know if he was going to play today or two months from now."

Boatwright's free throws tied the score at 71. He finished with 14 points and 3 assists in 33 minutes after missing the first six regular season games because of an NCAA suspension for receiving improper benefits from his AAU team.

"I knew everyone thought I was going to miss those," Boatwright said of his trip to the line.

Jeremy Lamb added 19 points for Connecticut (6-1), which shot 48 percent from the field and 11 for 25 from 3-point range.

The freshman Andre Drummond had 12 points, 10 rebounds, 7 blocked shots and 3 steals.

Michael Snaer scored 20 points for Florida State (5-2), which lost, 46-41, to Harvard on Friday.

Bernard James's 3-point play gave the Seminoles a 76-75 lead in overtime, but Napier made his sixth 3-pointer of the game to put the Huskies back in front with 1 minute 8 seconds left.

Napier also had 5 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals a day after he committed 7 turnovers and shot 1 for 7 against Central Florida. Florida State's Luke Loucks missed a 3-point attempt and two free throws in the final minute of overtime, and Snaer missed a 3 at the buzzer.


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