NEW YORK (AP) — DeAndre Daniels scored 26 points, 18 in the second half, and UConn held off Iowa State 81-76 on Friday to reach the East Regional final a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament.
Daniels hit his first six shots after halftime, the only Husky to make a field goal for over 8½ minutes. His 3-pointer gave seventh-seeded UConn a 49-32 lead.READ MORE: Olivia Newton-John, known for her role in 'Grease' and hit song 'Physical,' dies at 73
The Cyclones rallied late, pulling within 67-63 with 2½ minutes remaining. But senior Niels Giffey hit a 3 in the corner for his first points since the game’s opening moments, and when the Huskies (29-8) made their free throws in the final minute, the UConn fans packing Madison Square Garden could celebrate.READ MORE: Father and son sentenced to life in prison for federal hate crimes in Ahmaud Arbery's killing
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