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UConn upsets Iowa State for Elite Eight ticket

Published On: Mar 28 2014 08:58:54 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 28 2014 10:14:20 PM CDT
UConn wins

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DeAndre Daniels scored 27 points and the seventh-seeded Huskies shot 52 percent from the field to hold off the third-seeded Cyclones in the NCAA tournament East regional semifinals in New York.

Daniels hit 10-of-15 shots and Shabazz Napier added four 3-pointers en route to 19 points for seventh-seed Connecticut (29-8), which plays top-seed Virginia or fourth-seed Michigan State in the Elite Eight on Sunday. The Huskies led by 17 points with a little more than 14 minutes remaining, then withstood a late rally by Iowa State (28-8) by hitting 11-of-12 free throws in the final 47 seconds.

Dustin Hogue led the third-seed Cyclones with a career-high 34 points on 15-of-19 shooting from the field, but Iowa State leading scorer Melvin Ejim struggled through a miserable night from the field, finishing with 7 points on 3-of-13 shooting. Iowa State shot just 6-for-15 from the free throw line.

Daniels’ 3-pointer staked Connecticut to a 49-32 advantage early in the second half, but the Cyclones rallied with a 24-14 spurt – 21 of the points coming from Hogue and Kane – to draw within 63-56 on Kane’s 3-pointer with 4:40 to play. Iowa State pulled within 67-63 on Naz Long’s 3-pointer from the right corner with 2:18 to play, but Niels Giffey answered with a 3-pointer on Connecticut’s ensuing possession.

The Huskies shot 51.9 percent from the field in the first half, hitting 7-of-12 3-point attempts, in building a 36-26 advantage at intermission. Daniels scored 11 of Connecticut’s first 13 second-half points as the Huskies pushed their lead to 17 points.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Huskies, who were ineligible for last year’s NCAA tournament due to academic sanctions, are in the Elite Eight for the fifth time in the past 11 seasons. … Hogue’s previous career high was 22 points. … Ryan Boatright added 16 points and Terrence Samuel scored 10 points for Connecticut, which finished 20-for-22 from the free throw line.

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