It wasn't pretty, but Shabazz Napier led the UConn Huskies to a clutch home win over No. 11 Cincinnati, 51-45. The senior guard racked up a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds as one of just two players to score in double figures today.
The other, unsurprisingly, was Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick, who had 16 points but was held to 4-of-16 shooting (and just four points after halftime). The Bearcats would have lost by even more if they hadn't turned in an overpowering effort on the glass (44 rebounds to 30), with Titus Rubles grabbing six of his 13 boards on the offensive end.
UConn's defense forced 20 turnovers in the win, keeping the ball out of Kilpatrick's hands for most of the last 20 minutes. Ryan Boatright made up for his ugly shooting performance with four steals, not to mention four boards and three assists. The win is UConn's fourth against a Top 25 opponent.
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