UConn beat Boston University 77-60 this afternoon to advance to 4-0 on the young season, and if you only saw the final score, you'd probably assume that UConn once again overwhelmed a less talented squad that didn't stand much of a chance.
Those who did see the game, however, know there's more to the story.
While the Huskies did jump out to a hot start and finish the game strong, this was by no means a complete effort. The Huskies dominated the beginning of the game, jumping out to a 10-0 start before taking a 32-13 lead, but then they all but fell asleep and allowed the Terriers to come all the way back before putting the game away late.
The big story for UConn in this one was DeAndre Daniels, who erupted for a season-high 24 points and helped spark the Huskies early lead with 12 points in the first eight minutes of play. He also had the game's top highlight, throwing down a monstrous dunk in the second half that helped spark UConn's second half resurgence.
But while Daniels provided a spark, Shabazz Napier provided the steady hand of a veteran to lead the Huskies to victory. For most of the game, Napier served as a facilitator, dishing out assists and grabbing rebounds without taking any shots himself. Napier had 5 rebounds and 5 assists before he'd recorded a single point, but with the game tied at 46 early in the second half, Napier took over.
Shabazz scored all 12 of his points after the Terriers tied the score to spur the Huskies forward, and when all was said and done he finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists, teasing fans for most of the game with the possibility of a second-straight triple double.
There were other bright spots for UConn, Ryan Boatright had 16 points, Lasan Kromah had seven and Phillip Nolan finished with a quiet five rebounds. As a team, the Huskies shot 49.1 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from behind the arc, but rebounding continues to be an issue for the Huskies, as the Terriers out-rebounded UConn on the offensive boards, and forward Dom Morris had five offensive rebounds all by himself (he had nine rebounds total).
Overall, this was a good win for the Huskies, and you could tell why BU is considered a favorite to win the Patriot League. That being said, the Huskies clearly still have some work to do on the glass, and they can't afford to get caught sleeping again. You can turn it back on and come back against a team like BU, but not against teams like Florida and Louisville.