Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Shabazz Napier overcame a sluggish start and dropped 15 of his 20 points in the second half of No. 10 Connecticut's 82-70 road triumph over Washington from Alaska Airlines Arena.
Napier shot 9-of-10 from the free throw line and grabbed a team-high six rebounds in the win. Ryan Boatright netted 16 points while Lasan Kromah came off the bench and provided a ton of energy en route to 14 points and four steals.
Connecticut (10-1) was coming off its first loss of the season, a 53-51 heart- breaker to Stanford.
C.J. Wilcox scored 19 points for Washington (6-5), which had its brief two- game winning streak come to an end. Wilcox, who surpassed 1500 career points last time out, passed Louis Nelson and Steve Hawes for ninth place on UW's all-time scoring list.
Darin Johnson chipped in 13 points off the bench and Mike Anderson tallied 10 with seven rebounds.
Washington assumed control early on, jumping out to a 31-17 edge on Wilcox's triple at 7:03 of the first half. UConn then came alive, using a 15-2 surge to pull within a point. After Anderson ended the run, Boatright drilled a 3- pointer to tie it at 35-35.
Napier's first bucket of the game came seconds before the halftime buzzer and put the visitors in front 43-39 at intermission.
Napier picked up where he left off in the second period, sinking his first two jumpers to extend the margin. Kromah capped a 6-0 burst with a jumper of his own for a 10-point edge, but Washington responded and pulled to within 53-48 on consecutive treys by Johnson and Wilcox.
Then, Washington went cold. The Huskies went more than four minutes without a basket as Connecticut built a 62-48 lead.
"We had the opportunity to put our foot on them, but we let them go," said Wilcox. "I think it was mostly us. We had a lot of unforced turnovers."
The two teams played even the rest of the way, with Washington getting as close as eight points with 8:27 to play. But UConn turned it up defensively down the stretch, forcing 11 seconds half turnovers as it rolled to the finish line.