Recap: West Virginia vs. Connecticut
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Shabazz Napier scored 22 points after halftime and sparked a rally that resulted in Connecticut prevailing in overtime, 71-67, against West Virginia in the second round of the Big East Tournament.
Napier, who had only four points in the first half, fouled out with 2:35 remaining in overtime.
The sophomore guard tried to swipe the ball from Darryl Bryant, who supplied West Virginia's only two points in the extra session with a pair of free throws, tying the game at 67-67.
The defending Big East Tournament and National Champion Huskies (20-12) reclaimed the lead when Jeremy Lamb drained a three-pointer from the right wing with about a minute remaining.
Kevin Jones missed a jumper at the other end for the eighth-seeded Mountaineers (19-13), then Bryant lost control of the ball as he drove the lane after UConn's Ryan Boatright missed two foul shots.
Boatright was again fouled and missed the first free throw attempt before sinking the second with 19.2 seconds left.
West Virginia missed four shots -- including a trio of three-point attempts -- in the waning moments to finish 0-for-11 from the floor in overtime.
Lamb totaled 22 points and eight rebounds for ninth-seeded Connecticut, which overcame an 11-point second-half deficit and will face No. 1 seed Syracuse in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Napier added six assists, four rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Jones posted 25 points and grabbed 10 boards, while Bryant contributed 20 points in the Mountaineers' last appearance in the Big East Tournament. The program is headed to the Big 12 next season.Game Notes