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December 2, 2013

Instant Analysis: Huskies sink Gators at the buzzer



No. 12 UConn (8-0) beat No. 15 Florida (6-2) in dramatic fashion to the tune of 65-64. Instant Analysis takes a look.

IT WAS OVER WHEN: The rebound bounced back to senior point guard Shabazz Napier right around the free-throw line. The senior point guard didn't flinch, draining the jumper as the buzzer went off. Last week, Florida escaped a last-second game. No such luck Monday night.

HE STOLE THE SHOW: Napier is the Huskies' best player for a reason. Napier was the primary reason for each of the big runs UConn went on and finished the game with 26 points, two assists and three steals. He was especially effective in taking advantage of Florida's questionable perimeter defense. He went 5 for 8 from beyond the arc.

THE STAT DOESN'T LIE: Florida outrebounded UConn 34-25 but it was miscues elsewhere that sank the Gators. Florida turned the ball over 16 times and only made three 3-point baskets.

WHAT A PLAY: Prather's fast-break alley-oop will be the play that dominates SportsCenter, but Scottie Wilbekin arguably made the play of the day with pure hustle by making a leaping steal defending a three-on-one break. Wilbekin secured the ball, got it to the other end and eventually made a jumper to put the Gators up by five with 13:57 left in the game.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Had Monday's narrative been written in most seasons, one might have assumed it was the Gators who came out on the victorious end. Florida was bigger and stronger inside and able to dominate sizable portions of the game. Forward Casey Prather and center Patric Young combined for 36 points and 14 rebounds. But UConn's quick-strike ability offensively and superb guard play exposed some of the issues the Gators have guarding the perimeter. The Huskies were 11 for 24 from beyond the arc.


 Official Basketball Box Score
Florida vs UConn
12/2/13 7:00 p.m. at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion  Storrs, Conn.

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VISITORS: Florida (6-2)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
15 Yeguete, Will....... f  1-6    0-0    1-2    2  0  2   2   3  0  0  0  1  24
24 Prather, Casey...... f  8-13   0-0    3-5    4  3  7   1  19  3  5  1  0  37
04 Young, Patric....... c  6-10   0-0    5-7    3  4  7   2  17  1  1  1  2  33
05 Wilbekin, Scottie... g  6-14   2-5    1-2    0  3  3   3  15  2  3  0  2  35
20 Frazier, Michael.... g  3-5    1-3    0-0    0  5  5   1   7  2  0  0  2  39
10 Finney-Smith, Dorian    1-3    0-1    1-1    1  5  6   4   3  0  6  0  0  24
25 Walker, DeVon.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  1   2
30 Kurtz, Jacob........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  1  0  0   6
   TEAM................                         1  3  4
   Totals..............   25-51   3-9   11-17  11 23 34  14  64  8 16  2  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-25 44.0%   2nd Half: 14-26 53.8%   Game: 49.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-5  40.0%   2nd Half:  1-4  25.0%   Game: 33.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-9  55.6%   2nd Half:  6-8  75.0%   Game: 64.7%    3


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HOME TEAM: UConn (8-0)
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
00 NOLAN, Phillip...... f  1-3    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   5   2  0  0  1  0  11
02 DANIELS, DeAndre.... f  6-10   2-4    0-0    3  4  7   2  14  1  2  1  2  37
11 BOATRIGHT, Ryan..... g  2-8    2-3    3-4    0  3  3   0   9  4  3  0  1  32
13 NAPIER, Shabazz..... g  9-15   5-8    3-3    2  2  4   3  26  2  3  0  3  35
21 CALHOUN, Omar....... g  1-5    0-3    0-0    0  2  2   0   2  1  2  0  0  15
05 GIFFEY, Niels.......    3-5    2-3    0-0    0  1  1   1   8  0  1  0  0  22
10 OLANDER, Tyler......    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   5   0  0  0  0  0  11
12 FACEY, Kentan.......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   3
20 KROMAH, Lasan.......    0-3    0-2    1-2    1  3  4   0   1  2  3  0  0  17
35 BRIMAH, Amida.......    1-2    0-0    1-2    1  0  1   1   3  0  0  1  0  17
   TEAM................                         1  2  3
   Totals..............   23-53  11-24   8-11   8 18 26  18  65 10 14  3  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-26 42.3%   2nd Half: 12-27 44.4%   Game: 43.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  6-11 54.5%   2nd Half:  5-13 38.5%   Game: 45.8%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-2  100 %   2nd Half:  6-9  66.7%   Game: 72.7%    2


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Officials: Karl Hess, James Luckie, Michael Stephens
Technical fouls: Florida-None. UConn-None.
Attendance: 10167
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Florida.......................   29   35  -   64
UConn.........................   30   35  -   65

Points in the paint-UF 32,UCONN 14. Points off turnovers-UF 14,UCONN 24.
2nd chance points-UF 12,UCONN 11. Fast break points-UF 6,UCONN 2.
Bench points-UF 3,UCONN 12. Score tied-7 times. Lead changed-14 times.
Last FG-UF 2nd-00:18, UCONN 2nd-00:00.
Largest lead-UF by 8 1st-05:49, UCONN by 5 1st-01:31.


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