ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands – Shabazz Napier, who has become the king of the late emergence, was named the Big East Player of the Week on Monday.
In the wee hours of Monday morning, Napier leading UConn back from a 10-point deficit, scoring 11 points over the final 3:36 of regulation and helping the Huskies survive Quinnipiac on double overtime, 89-83.
Napier scored 25 in the opener against Michigan State. Against Vermont, he was scoreless in the first half, against Wake Forest he was scoreless the first 30 minutes, but in both games got into the offensive flow down the stretch as UConn won. Napier scored 58 points in three games, 54 of them in the second half or OT. Napier hit 25 of 29 from the free throw line. Click here for UConn’s release on it.
On other news, the Huskies moved up a couple of notches, from 23rd to 21st in the AP Writers Poll, and broke into the top 25 in the USA Today/Coaches poll, at No. 23. Click here for complete polls. on ESPN.com.