UConn Men Advance to Final Four with 60-54 Win Over Michigan State
NEW YORK (WGGB) — The Univeristy of Connecticut men’s basketball team has advanced to its fifth Final Four in program history, after an unlikely 60-54 win over 4-seed Michigan State on Sunday in the Elite 8 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Senior guard Shabazz Napier led the 7-seeded Huskies with 25 points and 6 rebounds, including some big shots down the stretch. After taking an early lead, UConn fell behind the Spartans in the second half. However, Michigan State left the door open for the Huskies, who stormed into the lead in the final few minutes.
DeAndre Daniels and Ryan Boatright were the only other Huskies in double figures, with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Meanwhile, Gary Harris, who scored 22 of Michigan State’s 54, was one of only two Spartans in double figures.
UConn was able to regain the lead thanks to 16 turnovers from the Spartans.
Napier’s contribution to the Huskies’ 2014 campaign is reminiscent of UConn’s last trip to the Final Four in 2011, during which guard Kemba Walker led them to their third National Championship title.
UConn will now face the tournament’s number 1 overall seed, the Florida Gators on Saturday, April 5th in the Final Four, after they defeated Dayton on Saturday night.