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Tuesday, June 28 University of Connecticut

Game report: Daniels, UConn advance to Final Four

ARLINGTON, Texas -- DeAndre Daniels scored 20 points with 10 rebounds to help UConn upset top-ranked Florida 63-53 Saturday night in the Final Four at AT&T Stadium.

The Huskies (31-8) advance to their second national championship game in four years and will play the winner of Wisconsin-Kentucky on Monday night. UConn has already won national titles in Houston and San Antonio.

"It sounds crazy right now," said UConn junior Ryan Boatright, who scored 13 points with six rebounds. "Like I said before, we are blessed and are grateful to be in the national championship game.

"We didn't come to Dallas to just play in the national championship game. We came to win."

Shabazz Napier added 12 points and Niels Giffey 11 for UConn, which shot 63.6 percent (24-for-43) in the second half and 55.8 percent for the game. The Huskies closed the game making nine of its last 10 field-goal attempts.

Patric Young led the Gators (36-3), who had a 30-game win streak snapped, with 19 points.

UConn outscored Florida 21-6 in the final 8:49 of the first half to take a 25-22 lead at the break. Daniels scored 10 points and UConn shot 47.6 percent, including 4-for-7 on 3-pointers, in that stretch.