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March Madness - Connecticut Defeats Saint Joseph's 89-81 - Recap

Connecticut grabbed an 89-81 win over Saint Joseph's on Thursday, behind a 24-point effort from Shabazz Napier at First Niagara Center.

Connecticut was a favorite by 5.5 points and came through with an ATS victory for bettors.

DeAndre Daniels had 18 points for Connecticut and Ryan Boatright chipped in with 17 points. Shabazz Napier had 6 assists for them, while Shabazz Napier was the team's top rebounder, grabbing 8 boards.

Saint Joseph's got 25 points from Langston Galloway in a losing cause and another 16 points from DeAndre Bembry. Halil Kanacevic contributed 5 assists for them, while Ronald Roberts, Jr. had 10 rebounds.

First-half bettors who backed Saint Joseph's were victorious, as the score was 40-35 at the break.

The rebound battle favored Connecticut as they grabbed 34 boards, while Saint Joseph's only had 33.