Marquette 82, UConn 76 OT

Marquette's Junior Cadougan (5) reacts to his 3-pointer that tied the score at the end of regulation against Connecticut in their NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Milwaukee. Marquette won 82-76 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Marquette’s Junior Cadougan (5) reacts to his 3-pointer that tied the score at the end of regulation against Connecticut in their NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Milwaukee. Marquette won 82-76 in overtime. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

John F. Silver

 UConn had a rousing Big East win in its hand, but Marquette stole it away.

Marquette’s Junior Cadougan hit a game-tying 3-pointer from 30 feet as time expired in regulation and Marquette managed to escape in overtime 82-76 in Milwaukee. 

The Huskies (10-3, 0-1 Big East) spoiled a magnificent second half effort as it rallied from a 10-point deficit to take the lead until the closing seconds. Shabazz Napier led the Huskies with a career-high 29 points while Ryan Boatright added 16 points and DeAndre Daniels 11.

Cadougan and Davante Gardner each scored 18 points for Marquette (10-3, 1-0 Big East).

The Huskies led 67-66 with under 10 seconds to go with Boatright nailed a pull up jumper with 5.9 seconds left for a 69-66 lead. Cadougan took the inbounds pass and wasn’t pressured and Boatright’s attempt to distract on the 30 foot heave as time expired was fruitless.

In the overtime, the Huskies had two points wiped off the board in controversial fashion as a goal tend call was rescinded due to the referees having UConn and Marquette go the wrong way.  The Huskies lost the ball on the possession and also the two points to begin overtime.

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