Boatright leads UConn to 47-42 comeback win over Tulsa
HARTFORD — Another heart-stopping win for the UConn men Saturday night as the team moves to the AAC Tournament finals against Southern Methodist University on Sunday.
Ryan Boatright scored 21 points and UConn overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to beat Tulsa 47-42 and advance to the finals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
Rodney Purvis added 11 points and freshman Daniel Hamilton pulled down 12 rebounds for the defending national champions (20-13), who will have a surprise chance Sunday to secure a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Shaquille Harrison had nine points and Rashad Ray finished with eight for Tulsa (22-10), which led 38-28 with 6:35 to play.
UConn used a 14-1 run over the last 3:23 to win the game. Boatright tied it at 41 on a 3-pointer with 1:42 remaining and Purvis gave the Huskies the lead for good with 46 seconds left on a jumper from the left baseline.
Two Boatright free throws made it 45-42. Tulsa had a chance to tie, but Harrison missed an off-balance 3-pointer with 3 seconds left.
The Huskies will play SMU for the AAC championship on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford for a chance at another NCAA Tournament bid.