No. 23 UConn vs. Quinnipiac final score: Huskies survive in double OT

David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

UConn almost lost their first game against an in-state opponent since 1986, but held on in double overtime to advance to the finals of the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands over Quinnipiac.

The Connecticut Huskies were given all they could handle in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam by the Quinnipiac Bobcats, but eventually moved on in double overtime with an 89-83 win.

The No. 23 Huskies likely overlooked their in-state opponent, who finished fifth in the NEC last season and already have a loss to American on the season: after all, the Huskies have won 66 consecutive games against other teams from Connecticut, dating back to 1986. But the Bobcats held tight from the tip: at halftime, the score was 26-26, thanks to eight points from Ike Azotam.

After a tightly contested second, Quinnipiac actually held a lead, but UConn scored four straight in the final minute of the period to force overtime. There, the Huskies opened up a four-point lead with 19 seconds to go. But Garvey Young drained a three, and after Shabazz Napier made a pair of free throws, Gary Johnson hit another triple to send the game to another overtime. In the second OT, the Huskies started off on a 7-2 run and didn't look back, closing out this time.

UConn shot poorly - 23-for-60 from the field - but Quinnipiac couldn't keep speedy guards Napier and Ryan Boatright off the line, as the pair combined to go 23-for-25 from the charity stripe. The Bobcats kept it close thanks to a big advantage on the boards, outrebounding UConn 39-29.

The Huskies will go on to play New Mexico in the final of the tournament in the Virgin Islands Monday, while Quinnipiac will play George Mason in a consolation game. UConn remains undefeated at 4-0.

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