TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright shrugged off slow starts to lead an 18-0 second-run that helped Connecticut come from behind to beat South Florida 61-56 on Wednesday night.
Napier scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half. Boatright delivered 11 of 14 during the game-changing surge that turned a nine-point deficit into a 47-38 lead for the Huskies (22-6, 10-5 American Athletic Conference), who beat USF by 43 points in Hartford two weeks ago.
USF (12-16, 3-12) went scoreless for nearly seven minutes while UConn was making its move. The Bulls steadied themselves and gradually climbed back into the game.
Josh Heath made two free throws and a layup to trim UConn's lead to 58-56. Napier hit a long 3-pointer with 23.6 seconds remaining, putting it out of reach.
Victor Rudd led USF with 14 points and eight rebounds.
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