College basketball highlights: UConn edges Florida; WKU loses to Bowling Green

December 3, 2013 

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Connecticut's Shabazz Napier, left, and Ryan Boatright were jubilant after Napier hit the game-winning basket from the free throw line as time expired.


Shabazz Napier hit a jumper from the free throw line as time expired to keep No. 12 Connecticut undefeated with a 65-64 victory over No. 15 Florida on Monday night.

Napier, limping on a left ankle he hurt during a four-point play with 33 seconds left, escaped a trap around 30 feet from the basket and got off a wild shot that missed but was tipped blindly back by DeAndre Daniels. Napier grabbed the ball and let go a left-handed jumper that went through as the horn sounded and set off a deafening cheer from the sellout crowd of 10,167 at Gampel Pavilion.

Napier finished with 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting including making 5 of 8 from three-point range.

The Huskies (8-0) and Florida (6-2), which had a five-game winning streak snapped, battled down the stretch exchanging the lead six times in the final 6 minutes.

Daniels had 14 points for Connecticut, which was outrebounded 34-26, but was able to make up a size difference with its strong guard play on the perimeter.

Casey Prather had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Gators, while Patric Young had 17 points and seven rebounds. Scottie Wilbekin, playing in his third game of the season after being suspended for the first four, had 15 points but he injured an ankle with 3:01 to play, was taken to the locker room and never returned.

Other men's games

Bowling Green 74, W Kentucky 62: Spencer Parker hit for 20 points to lead Bowling Green over Western Kentucky.

Parker, who made 5 of 7 from the floor, led four Falcons in double figures. Richaun Holmes scored 18; Craig Sealey added 13 and Anthony Henderson chipped in 12 as Bowling Green (3-4) held off the Hilltoppers (4-3), who were paced by T.J. Price's 24 points.

Bowling Green was 45.5 percent from beyond the arc, while limiting Western Kentucky to 34.4 percent from the field, including 8 of 26 from the three-point line.

No. 17 Iowa State 99, Auburn 70: Dustin Hogue set career highs with 22 points and 16 rebounds, and 17th-ranked Iowa State pounded visiting Auburn for its sixth straight win.

Melvin Ejim added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Cyclones (6-0), who are the Big 12's last unbeaten team.

Iowa State jumped ahead by as much as 60-33 early in the second half in cruising to its fourth win by at least 29 points.

Chris Denson had 27 points for Auburn (4-2), which shot 35.5 percent and got beat on the boards 47-36.

Georgia 87, Chattanooga 56: Nemanja Djurisic came off the bench to score 14 points, all in the first half, as Georgia (3-4) dominated Chattanooga.

Martynas Bareika led Chattanooga (3-6) with 14 points, hitting 4 of 12 shots, typical for the Mocs, who shot 30 percent from the field as a team.

Women's games

Virginia-Wise 71, Pikeville 66: Trailing by six with less than five minutes to play, UVa.-Wise went on a 12-0 run to get past Pikeville. Jayme Jackson and Cheyenne Madden paced the with 12 points each. Pikeville (2-5) shot just 39.7 percent from the field.

SEC honors Stallworth

Kentucky women's basketball senior forward DeNesha Stallworth collected her first SEC Player of the Week honor this season and second of her career.

Stallworth led the seventh-ranked Wildcats to home wins over Bradley (117-77) and in-state rival then-No. 4 Louisville (69-64) by averaging a team-high 14.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

For the season, Stallworth leads the Wildcats in scoring (14.0 ppg) and ranks second the team in rebounding (6.8 rbg) and field goal percentage (.581). She has reached double figures in six of eight games this season and is on the watch lists for every major national player of the year award, including the Wade Trophy, the Naismith Trophy, the Senior CLASS Award and the John R. Wooden Award.

Memphis basketball alum, wife donate $10 million

A starting guard on Memphis State's 1973 team that lost to UCLA in the national championship game has teamed with his wife in making a $10 million donation to his alma mater, helping the Tigers upgrade their athletics facilities.

Memphis President Brad Martin and athletic director Tom Bowen announced the gift from alumni Bill and Nancy Laurie on Monday.

The donation is the single largest gift ever to the athletic department.

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