Looking to advance in its only tournament of the year, UConn needed crunch-time production from everyone -- from seldom-used center Enosch Wolf to sixth man R.J. Evans -- to fend off Wake Forest. And the No. 23 Huskies answered the call, knocking off the Demon Deacons 77-71 to earn a trip to the Paradise Jam semifinals in the Virgin Islands.
STAR OF THE GAME: Ryan Boatright led the Huskies in points (16), rebounds (seven) and assists (five). He was the only constant for the Huskies, who received contributions from other players sporadically.
KEY TO THE WIN: Shabazz Napier went scoreless for the first 30 minutes, finally getting into the box score on a lay-up with 10:04 remaining. He would go on to score 10 points in just over two minutes, giving UConn some breathing room. He ended the game with 16 points. Friday marked the second game that Napier was scoreless at halftime.
*Tyler Olander and DeAndre Daniels encountered early foul trouble, and the reserves -- particularly 7-foot-1 junior Enosch Wolf -- picked up the slack. Wolf finished with a career-high 12 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Olander picked up his third foul with 18:25 remaining in the second half and was a non-factor upon reinsertion. UConn coach Kevin Ollie opted for the hot hand -- Wolf -- down the stretch.
*After picking up his second foul, Daniels re-entered with 3:25 remaining in the first half and the Huskies trailing 26-23. His length and scoring ability made an immediate difference: UConn promptly went on a 7-0 run with him in the lineup. The 6-foot-8 sophomore scored 10 of his 12 points in the opening period.
UP NEXT: UConn next plays Sunday at 9 p.m. in the Paradise Jam against Quinnipiac, a 98-92 winner over Iona in overtime.