For a moment late in the game, it looked as though the UConn Huskies men’s basketball team’s chances in the Big East Tournament were about to end. After all, they were trailing by nine points with about four minutes to go to the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Connecticut's Shabazz Napier takes the ball to the hoop during the second round of the Big East NCAA college basketball conference tournament against West Virginia in New York, Wednesday, March 7, 2012.But then Shabazz Napier took over on both ends of the floor and got his team back in the game to help force overtime. In the overtime, it was all UConn as the Huskies beat the Mountaineers 71-67 in the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

The Huskies (20-12) now advance to the quarterfinals where they’ll meet the No. 1 seed Syracuse. Tip-off is scheduled for approximately 12 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Napier scored the majority of his 26 points in the second half and also had five rebounds and six assists. Jeremy Lamb added 22 points and eight rebounds while Ryan Boatright chipped in with 10 points.

Kevin Jones led the Mountaineers with 25 points and had 10 rebounds. Darryl Bryant added 20 points while Dominique Rutledge added six points and 11 rebounds.

Here are the highlights:


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UConn Huskies vs West Virginia Mountaineers 2012 Big East Tournament Second Round box score

UConn Huskies postgame quotes (Jim Calhoun, Jeremy Lamb, Shabazz Napier)

West Virginia postgame quotes (Bob Huggins, Kevin Jones, Darryl Bryant)

Postgame notes

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