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Nutshell: UConn, Napier sizzle in win over DePaul

Updated 12:20 am, Sunday, February 24, 2013
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UConn shot a blistering 60 percent from the field as it turned a back-and-forth battle into an 81-69 rout of DePaul Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.

STAR OF THE GAME: Shabazz Napier scored 28 points -- one off his career-high -- and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. The three guards -- Napier, Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun -- were 22-of-35 from the floor.

KEY TO THE WIN: A 14-0 UConn run, which included threes from Napier and Niels Giffey and a highlight behind-the-back pass from Ryan Boatright, opened up a 59-47 lead. ... Five straight points from Omar Calhoun -- a corner 3-pointer and a pull-up -- extended the Huskies lead to 69-54 with 7:35 remaining. Boatright added the exclamation point on the ensuing possession, a one-handed dunk on a backdoor cut. Another Calhoun 3 eliminated any chance of a DePaul rally, ballooning the lead to 20. ... UConn received contributions from nearly everyone. Tyler Olander scored the Huskies' first five points of the second half, Giffey connected on a pair of 3s and converted a key put-back and Calhoun finished with 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting.

WORTH NOTING: DePaul went on a 12-0 run late in the first half to claim a 34-29 advantage. Boatright eventually halted the Blue Demons' spurt with a floater. ... DePaul's Cleveland Melvin posted 20 points and 10 rebounds. He caught alley-oops on back-to-back possessions early in the second half. ... Kevin Ollie picked up the first technical foul of his head coaching career while arguing a call at the 8:34 mark of the first half.

UP NEXT: Wednesday vs. Georgetown, 7 (ESPN2)

-- KEVIN DUFFY