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UConn topples Harvard 57-49

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UConn topples Harvard 57-49

STORRS, Conn. (AP) DeAndre Daniels scored a career-high 23 points and Connecticut beat Harvard 57-49 on Friday.

Ryan Boatright added 16 points for the Huskies (7-2) who were coming off a four-point loss to No. 25 North Carolina State earlier in the week.

Wesley Saunders had 14 points and Steve Moundou-Missi added 10 for Harvard (4-4).

Harvard trailed by three at halftime and was down just 33-32 after a layup by Saunders early in the second half.

But the Huskies went on a 13-2 run over the next 7 1/2 minutes and stretched that lead to 12. An alley-oop from Shabazz Napier to Niels Giffey made it 46-34 and brought the crowd to their feet, and UConn was able to keep Harvard at arm's length the rest of the way.

Daniels, who played despite suffering back spasms in the Huskies' loss to North Carolina State on Tuesday, had 15 points in the first half and eight during a 15-2 UConn run that opened the game.

The Crimson missed their first six shots, and had five turnovers before they scored their first basket, a dunk by Jonah Travis, six minutes into the game.

UConn, meanwhile, hit six of its first seven shots.

Junior center Enosch Wolf made his first career start after putting up career highs of 12 points and nine rebounds against North Carolina State. He blocked the game's first shot and had two early baskets in UConn's opening run.

When he went to the bench for a rest, Harvard got back into the game by going on an 11-0 run. Christian Webster had two 3-pointers during that stretch and three in the half.

The Crimson got within a point at 25-24 on a layup by Moundou-Missi, and trailed 27-24 at halftime.

Daniels (15), Boatright (eight), and Wolf (four) were the only Huskies to score in first half. A dunk by Giffey that made it 39-34 midway through the second half was the first basket by another Husky.

Napier had just six points, all in the second half. But he had nine assists and added seven rebounds. Napier had been averaging 18.6 points a game, and almost 13 of those in the second half.

UConn, a guard dominated team, was outrebounded 27-20 and has been outrebounded in eight of its nine games.

Harvard falls to 0-4 against UConn under coach Tommy Amaker, and the Huskies lead the series 16-2. Harvard hasn't beaten UConn since 1972.

The loss snaps a two-game winning streak for the Crimson, who had beaten Fordham at home and Boston College on the road.

Harvard is playing short-handed all season after losing co-captains Kyle Casey and Brandyn Curry to a cheating scandal that had them take one-year leaves of absence from the team.

The Huskies, who were ranked as high as 21 earlier in the season have played to the level of the competition. They beat Michigan State and played N.C. State tough, but also won by single digits over Quinnipiac, Stony Brook and New Hampshire.

VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Javonte Perkins had 25 points as Saint Louis topped VCU 80-62 on Friday night.

Hasahn French had 18 points for Saint Louis (19-8, 8-6 Atlantic 10 Conference). Terrence Hargrove Jr. added 11 points. Jordan Goodwin had 10 points.

Marcus Santos-Silva had 11 points for the Rams (17-10, 7-7), who have now lost four consecutive games. De'Riante Jenkins added 10 points.

Saint Louis plays Saint Joseph's at home on Wednesday. VCU faces UMass on the road on Wednesday.

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Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with reporters after the team's victory over the Wizards Friday night, praising Bradley Beal, who was snubbed from All-Star consideration this season despite averaging nearly 30 points-per-game.

The Cavaliers held the Wizards to just 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Thompson said their main focus was neutralizing Beal.

"The Wizards are really good offensively when they are making their runs," Thompson said postgame. "Bradley Beal is an All-Star in our league. One of the top-three two-guards in our league right now, so we were just trying to make it tough for him."

Beal finished the night with 26 points, but struggled from the floor. Beal shot 9-for-28 from the floor and the Cavaliers' stingy defense was clearly a factor.

Beal and the Wizards will have a chance to get back on track on Sunday night at Capital One Arena when they host the Chicago Bulls for the final time this season.

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