Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie says he loves that Shabazz Napier is not afraid to fail.
The junior guard missed a 3-point shot at the end of regulation Sunday, but made three of them in overtime to lead the Huskies to a 69-64 win over South Florida in Storrs, Conn.
‘‘To be successful in life, you’ve got to fail multiple times,’’ Napier said. ‘‘I’ve failed so many times in my life through basketball that I just find ways to learn from that experience and be successful and try to do something better than I did last time.’’
Napier finished with 24 points, 11 in overtime, and pulled down eight rebounds. Ryan Boatright added 17 points for the Huskies (15-5, 5-3 Big East), who overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to win their third straight.
The Huskies beat Providence on Thursday despite being outrebounded by 31, and won on Sunday despite shooting less than 30 percent from the floor.
Toarlyn Fitzpatrick scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for South Florida (10-11, 1-8), which dropped its fourth straight.
UConn hit just five of its 27 shots in the first half, and trailed, 27-15, at the break. But the Huskies scored 10 straight points and went on a 15-2 run to open the second half.
South Florida didn’t let UConn separate and the teams went back and forth. Fitzpatrick’s fourth 3-pointer put the Bulls back in front at 39-36. And a few minutes later, his spinning layup led to a conventional 3-point play that gave the team a 48-47 lead.
UConn regained the lead, 51-50, on a pair of foul shots from Napier and extended that to 2 when Boatright hit one of two free throws with 26 seconds left.
Anthony Collins hit a driving layup with 11.6 seconds left to tie the game. Napier then got a good, straight-on look from about 23 feet but missed, sending the game into overtime.
South Florida missed its first three shots in overtime before Victor Rudd’s dunk made it 58-54. But Napier responded with his third straight 3-pointer, and the Bulls had to foul.
Louisville 70, Marquette 51 — Russ Smith scored 18 points, Peyton Siva added 14, and the No. 12 Cardinals shot 52 percent to run away from the No. 25 Golden Eagles at home.
Marquette (15-5, 6-2) had an opportunity to take a one-game lead on Syracuse in the Big East. The Cardinals (18-4, 6-3), meanwhile, moved a half-game closer to both schools with their second straight win, remaining in a four-way tie for third.
Minnesota 62, Iowa 59 — In Minneapolis, Austin Hollins hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.6 seconds left, lifting the No. 23 Gophers (17-5, 5-4 Big Ten) over the Hawkeyes (14-8, 3-6).
Providence 55, Villanova 52 — Bryce Cotton hit the winning 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left and scored 18 points to lead the visiting Friars (11-11, 3-7 Big East) to a victory over the Wildcats (13-9, 4-5).
Maryland 85, Boston College 62 — Tianna Hawkins scored 26 points and Alyssa Thomas had 24 points to help the No. 10 Terrapins beat the visiting Eagles.
Thomas added 12 rebounds for her 13th double-double of the season and the 32d of her career to help Maryland (18-3, 9-1 ACC) stay unbeaten in 12 home games this season. The Terrapins have won eight straight overall.
Kristen Doherty led BC (9-12, 3-7) with 18 points before fouling out with 5:43 to play. Kerri Shields added 14 for the Eagles.
Northeastern 59, Towson 56 — A pair of Kashaia Cannon free throws with 17.2 seconds remaining sealed a tight win for the host Huskies (12-8, 5-4 CAA) over the Tigers (7-13, 1-8).
Senior Deanna Kerkhof led Northeastern with 14 points.
Temple 66, UMass 54 — Rashida Timbilla tallied a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, but the Minutewomen (3-19, 1-6 Atlantic 10) lost to the visiting Owls (10-11, 3-3).
Stanford 65, Oregon State 45 — Chiney Ogwumike posted her sixth straight double-double with a career-high 32 points and 18 rebounds to lead the No. 4 Cardinal (20-2, 9-1 Pac-12) over the host Beavers (9-13, 3-7).
Duke 84, North Carolina 63 — Chloe Wells scored a career-high 18 points to help the No. 5 Blue Devils (20-1, 10-0 ACC) roll past the 11th-ranked Tar Heels (20-3, 8-2) in Chapel Hill.
Cal 72, Oregon 45 — Layshia Clarendon scored 15 as the No. 6 Golden Bears (19-2, 9-1 Pac-12) cruised past the host Ducks (3-19, 1-9).
Georgia 75, Kentucky 71 — Khaalidah Miller scored a career-high 25 points and the No. 13 Lady Bulldogs (19-3, 7-2 SEC) forced a key turnover with five seconds to play to hold off the No. 8 Wildcats (19-3, 7-2), whose winning streak at Memorial Coliseum ended at 33 games.
Missouri 80, Tennessee 63 — Morgan Eye scored 26 points, and the host Tigers (15-8, 4-5 SEC) upset the No. 9 Lady Vols (17-5, 8-1) for their first win over a ranked team in almost two years.Continued...