Shabazz Napier hit a jumper from the free throw line as time expired to keep No. 12 Connecticut undefeated with a victory over No. 15 Florida on Monday night.
Napier, limping on a left ankle he hurt during a four-point play with 33 seconds to go, escaped a trap about 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 Harry A. Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn.
Napier finished with 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting including 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.
The Huskies (8-0) and Florida (6-2), which had a five-game winning streak snapped, battled down the stretch trading 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. This was Connecticut’s first game this season against a ranked foe. Florida’s previous loss was in its only game against a ranked team, No. 8 Wisconsin.
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 and was taken to the locker room. He did not returned.