UConn Wins in Germany, Defeats #14 Michigan State
George Dibble It was over when:
Shabazz Napier hit 4 free throws in the final 13 seconds to silence the Spartans. The game ball goes to:
Shabazz Napier. He hit 3 three pointers and was 6-6 from the free throw stripe on his way to a 25 point night. He was the game’s leading scorer. Stat of the game:
UConn hit 42.9% of their perimeter shots (6-14). They out shot Michigan State from beyond the arc by 18%.
The expectations? Low. The task at hand? Daunting. But as Chris Berman always says, “That’s why you play the game.” UConn proved all doubters to wrong on college basketball season’s opening night. After travelling across the Atlantic Ocean to the Ramstein Air Force Base in south-western Germany, the Huskies defeated Big 10 opponent and 14th ranked Michigan State Spartans.
UConn got right to work from the tip, jumping out to a 20-6 lead. The Spartans did not expect the Huskies to come out so aggressive, and it showed. Michigan State finally caught up and took the lead with a Gary Harris jumper with 15 minutes left in regulation. UConn hung on throughout the final minutes, as junior guard Shabazz Napier hit 4 straight free throws in the remaining 13 seconds to seal a Husky win. The first of Kevin Ollie’s head coaching career.