Boatright, Connecticut top New Hampshire 61-53

Boatright, Connecticut top New Hampshire 61-53
November 29, 2012, 9:17 pm
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Connecticut's Ryan Boatright drives against New Hampshire during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Ryan Boatright scored 19 points and Connecticut avoided an upset Wednesday, holding off New Hampshire 61-53 in a game that was close most of the way.

Omar Calhoun added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Huskies (6-1).

Ferg Myrick led all scorers with 20 points. Chris Pelcher added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats (2-4)

Connecticut never trailed and was up by 11 with 1:42 left.

But Jordon Bronner cut the lead to six points on a 3-point shot off a Niels Giffey turnover with 1:22 left.

A UConn shot-clock violation led to a layup by Pelcher that made it 57-53 with just 36 seconds left.

But New Hampshire was forced to foul, and Boatright and Calhoun made their free throws as UConn hung on for the win.