NCAAs: No. 7 UConn fends off No. 3 Iowa St., 81-76

NCAAs: No. 7 UConn fends off No. 3 Iowa St., 81-76
March 28, 2014, 9:45 pm
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No. 7 UConn defeated No. 3 Iowa State to advance to the Elite Eight.

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NEW YORK - 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 8 1/2 minutes. His 3-pointer gave seventh-seeded UConn a 49-32 lead.

The Cyclones rallied late, pulling within 67-63 with 2 1/2 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.

Dustin Hogue scored a career-high 34 points for third-seeded Iowa State (28-8).