Local Teams

National Basketball Association
Connecticut 63, Florida 53
When: 6:09 PM ET, Saturday, April 5, 2014
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Officials: # Doug Sirmons, # John Higgings, # Michael Stephens
Attendance: N/A

Connecticut 63, Florida 53: DeAndre Daniels led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Huskies ended the Gators’ 30-game winning streak at the Final Four in Arlington, Texas.

Shabazz Napier collected 12 points, six assists and four steals and Ryan Boatright added 13 points and six rebounds for No. 7 seed Connecticut (31-8), which will face Kentucky in the National Championship game Monday. Niels Giffey scored 11 points for the Huskies, who shot 55.8 percent from the field en route to the school’s fourth championship game.

Patric Young scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half for top-seeded Florida (36-3), which suffered its previous loss at Connecticut on Dec. 2. Casey Prather scored 15 points but Scottie Wilbekin was held to four points on 2-of-9 shooting for the Gators.

Napier found Daniels for a layup to make it a 51-41 lead with 5:37 left, part of a stretch of nine straight converted field goals for the Huskies. Young’s dunk cut it to 53-47 with just over four minutes to play but Napier and Daniels combined on a 6-0 run and Giffey’s transition dunk off a long feed from Napier provided an exclamation point as Connecticut closed it out.

Florida jumped out to a 16-4 lead just past the halfway point of the first half before the Huskies woke up with an 11-0 burst spanning 1:41 and surged to a 25-22 lead at the break. Connecticut scored the first six points of the second half and led 39-29 after Boatright’s jumper with 12:43 to play.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Connecticut improved to 7-1 all-time in Final Four games - the best winning percentage of any school with three or more games in the Final Four. … Florida’s 22 first-half points marked a season low for the opening period, and the 53 for the game matched a season low. … Wilbekin, who dealt with knee soreness early in the second half, committed three turnovers after totaling two miscues in the first four NCAA tournament games.
Top Game Performances
Connecticut   Florida
DeAndre Daniels 20 Scoring Patric Young 19
Shabazz Napier 6 Assists Dorian Finney-Smith 1
DeAndre Daniels 10 Rebounds Casey Prather 6
Shabazz Napier 4 Free Throws Made Patric Young 5
Shabazz Napier 4 Steals Scottie Wilbekin 2
Amida Brimah 2 Blocks Patric Young 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Connecticut 63 55.8 5-12 10-13 12 26 4 6 13
Florida 53 38.8 1-10 14-20 3 25 1 3 11