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Monday / February 6.
  • Shabazz Napier Hits Game-Winner for UConn

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    By JOHN F. SILVER

    STORRS, Conn. — Shabazz Napier has timing. He knows when the bright lights are on him. Napier knows when everyone’s watching. He can feel the tension in a building, such as the sell-out crowd at Gampel Pavilion against No. 15 Florida. When it all reaches a crescendo and the game is at a frenzied pace, Napier breathes and relaxes.
    He waits, bides his time and never panics. Some players, even great players, run from the ball in the final moments.

    Napier asks for it. He wants the game on his shoulders. He wants the game in his hands. He wants the responsibility of a win or loss.

    So there he was, Monday night against Florida and the Huskies needing another last second shot.

    Napier came out of the timeout with 17 seconds and the No. 12 Huskies trailing Florida by a point and knew a double team was coming on Monday at Gampel Pavilion.

    UConn head coach Kevin Ollie drew up a simple play — “Shabazz make a play.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.