UConn forward Tyler Olander made 8-of-9 shots for 16 points and pulled down six rebounds and came up with a huge block with 32 seconds left to lead the Huskies, who outscored the Irish in the second half, 36-27, to leave South Bend with a tough road win. Shabazz Napier, the Big East's sixth-leading scorer, chipped in 19 points for the Huskies.
The Huskies shot better than 50 percent from the field thanks to Olander and Napier, who combined to make 16-of-22 shots. Meanwhile, Notre Dame gave itself a multitude of opportunities thanks to strong offensive rebounding down the stretch, but the Irish went cold for a stretch in the second half, particularly from inside the three-point line.
The Huskies (12-3) will try for a second-consecutive win over a ranked team on Monday when the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals pay a visit to Connecticut. Notre Dame (14-2) will attempt to bounce back on the road against St. John's on Tuesday.