Connecticut vs Boston College

Boatwright's heroics save No. 18 UConn against BC


NEW YORK -- Connecticut and Boston College had played plenty of times since their first meeting in 1918 -- but not since 2005 when both were in the Big East.

Eight years and two different conferences later, they had one of the best games of their 90 meetings.

Ryan Boatwright made two big free throws with 7.9 seconds to play and blocked a 3-point attempt at the buzzer, and No. 18 UConn beat Boston College 72-70 on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.

"That was like an old BC-UConn rivalry,'' said Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie, who played in a few of those games when he was a guard with the Huskies. ''Coming down to the last possession like that. We gutted out a win.''

DeAndre Daniels had 23 points to lead the Huskies (5-0), who play the winner of the Washington-Indiana game for the title on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Shabazz Napier had 20 points for Connecticut, which led most of the way. He made his first seven free throws but missed the second of two with 30 seconds left, leaving the Huskies ahead 69-67.

Olivier Hanlan of Boston College (1-4) missed a drive and the 6-foot Boatwright was fouled grabbing the rebound. He made two free throws with 7.9 seconds remaining to make it 71-67.

Hanlan felt he should have made the shot, which sat on the rim for a split second before falling off.

''They were pretty aggressive the whole game. It was an open look,'' he said.

Hanlan, who finished with 19 points, hit a 3 with three seconds left to make it a one-point game.

Napier made one of two free throws with 2.3 seconds to go, and the Eagles' chance to win ended when Boatwright blocked Lonnie Jackson's 3-point attempt a few feet inside midcourt.

''Ryan's block was a phenomenal play,'' Ollie said. ''He was able to use his athleticism to jump up. The kid didn't have time for a pump fake.''

Boatwright had two blocks in the game, one more than his previous career high.

''He did a lot of things for us tonight,'' Ollie said. ''He had a great floor game. I know he wanted to score a little more, but the game is going to dictate that and when that does you have to play for your teammates. He can explode at any time and I know he'll be ready for tomorrow and we'll play better offense than we did tonight.''

The Huskies shot 39 percent from the field, just 32 percent in the second half (8 of 25).

''We weren't knocking down our shots. We only had seven assists,'' Napier said. ''But we weren't able to knock down the easy shots and it made it difficult for us to break out.''

Boston College coach Steve Donahue was proud of his team for hanging around.

''We held them to 32 percent in the second half and outrebounded for the game (33-32) and we did a lot of good things and that's frustrating,'' he said.

Both teams had impressive games at the free throw line. The Huskies were 25 of 29, with Napier going 8 for 10. Ryan Anderson, who had 22 points, was 11 of 11 as the Eagles finished 24 of 25 from the line.

Boston College spread the court against the taller Huskies and went 8 of 25 on 3-pointers. The Huskies were 3 of 14 from beyond the arc but committed just three turnovers.

''I tell our guys if we are under 10 turnovers, the coaches have to run sprints,'' Ollie said with a smile. ''I guess we owe them seven when we get back.''

The last time these schools met, both were members of the Big East Conference. Now, neither is.

Boston College beat Connecticut 75-70 on Jan. 5, 2005. Boston College left for the Atlantic Coast Conference after that season. Connecticut stayed as one of the powers of the Big East until this season when it left for the fledgling American Athletic Conference after the Big East split between its basketball-only and football schools.

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Ryan Boatwright, who sinks two FTs with 7.9 seconds left, and blocks a 3-point attempt at the buzzer, seals it for UConn. (USATSI)
Ryan Boatwright, who sinks two FTs with 7.9 seconds left, and blocks a 3-point attempt at the buzzer, seals it for UConn. (USATSI)
Connecticut #18 (5-0) «373572
Boston College (1-4)343670
UCONN:D. Daniels 23 Pts
UCONN:D. Daniels 6 Reb
UCONN:R. Boatright 4 Ast
BC:R. Anderson 22 Pts
BC:R. Anderson 7 Reb
BC:O. Hanlan 3 Ast

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ConnecticutBoston College
DeAndre Daniels
Olivier Hanlan
Connecticut Huskies
S. Napier, G386-178-1042120
D. Daniels, F348-155-560323
R. Boatright, G322-85-65439
O. Calhoun, G282-85-63019
P. Nolan, F111-20-02042
L. Kromah, G-F170-10-01110
N. Giffey, G-F161-32-21045
A. Brimah, C141-10-01022
K. Facey, F41-10-01012
T. Olander, F30-00-00000
T. Samuel, G30-00-00000
L. Tolksdorf, FDid Not Play
R. Purvis, GDid Not Play
P. Lenehan, GDid Not Play
T. Watts, GDid Not Play
Totals 22-5625-292472072
Boston College Eagles
O. Hanlan, G365-147-853419
R. Anderson, F305-811-1171122
G. Owens, F200-10-01130
W. Magarity, F173-50-04326
D. Rubin, G81-30-01023
A. Dragicevich, G252-34-431210
J. Rahon, G230-60-01130
L. Jackson, G222-62-22218
E. Odio, F151-20-01122
K. Caudill, C30-00-00000
P. Heckmann, G10-00-00000
J. Cain Carney, FDid Not Play
D. Clifford, CDid Not Play
S. Perpiglia, GDid Not Play
D. Jacobs, GDid Not Play
S. Donahue, GDid Not Play
D. Hicks, GDid Not Play
Totals 19-4824-2525132070
American Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wichita St.0-02-028
So. Florida0-02-1222
E. Carolina0-01-2285

TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
NC State0-04-0128
Boston College0-03-0187
Miami (Fla.)0-03-0110
Notre Dame0-03-072
Florida St.0-02-08
N. Carolina0-02-040
Va. Tech0-03-1233
Georgia Tech0-00-1128
Wake Forest0-00-3294
Other games
UAB 94 Final
LBSU 61 Final
MIDTN 59 Final
FLA 79
FSU 85 Final
VCU 67
NH 53 Final
MU 58
BGSU 64 Final
WSU 74 Final