UConn Upsets Syracuse 66-58 in Final Big East Rivalry Game

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2013

Can Shabazz Napier lead the Huskies to a big upset?
Can Shabazz Napier lead the Huskies to a big upset?Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

The UConn Huskies outplayed and outhustled Syracuse in the final game, at least for the time being, of their bitter rivalry winning 66-58 at Hartford.

Kevin Ollie's club was paced by their impressive trio of guards and Ryan Boatright led all scorers with 17 points.

Shabazz Napier contributed 10 points and seven assists and Omar Calhoun, as has been his trend this season, knocked down clutch three after clutch three in the final minutes and finished with 15 points and six rebounds.

The biggest surprise came off the bench as Niels Griffey more than doubled his season average and added nine points.

It was an unexpected but clutch contribution and helped keep the Huskies offense balanced.

The Huskies outrebounded Syracuse 35-34 and did a great job of limiting second-chance points. 

Syracuse was led by guard Michael Carter-Williams who dropped 15 points in the losing effort.

It was a huge win for the Huskies who improve to (17-6, 7-4 Big East) on the season and now look primed to play spoiler for the remainder of the Big East schedule.