NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Boatwright made two big free throws with 7.9 seconds to play and blocked a 3-point attempt at the buzzer, and No. 18 Connecticut beat Boston College 72-70 on Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
DeAndre Daniels had 23 points to lead the Huskies (5-0), who play the winner of the Washington-Indiana game for the title on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Shabazz Napier had 20 points for Connecticut, which led most of the way. He made his first seven free throws but missed the second of two with 30 seconds left, leaving the Huskies ahead 69-67.
Olivier Hanlan of Boston College (1-4) missed a drive and the 6-foot Boatwright was fouled grabbing the rebound. He made two free throws with 7.9 seconds remaining to make it 71-67.
Hanlan, who finished with 19 points, hit a 3 with 3 seconds left to make it a one-point game.
Napier made one of two free throws with 2.3 seconds to go, and the Eagles' chance to win ended when Boatwright blocked Lonnie Jackson's 3-point attempt a few feet inside midcourt.
Both teams had impressive games at the free throw line. The Huskies were 25 of 29, with Napier going 8 for 10. Ryan Anderson, who had 22 points, was 11 of 11 as the Eagles finished 24 of 25 from the line.
Boston College spread the court against the taller Huskies and went 8 of 25 on 3-pointers. The Huskies were 3 of 14 from beyond the arc but they committed just three turnovers.
The last time these schools met, both were members of the Big East Conference. Now, neither is.
Boston College beat Connecticut 75-70 on Jan. 5, 2005. Boston College left for the Atlantic Coast Conference after that season. Connecticut stayed as one of the powers of the Big East until this season when it left for the fledgling American Athletic Conference after the Big East split between its basketball-only and football schools.