Against Rutgers, it was enough -- barely.
In a game that started with an overflow of emotion because of Senior Night, the Huskies ended the night flat. UConn nearly let a nine point lead crumble in an excruciating final five minutes before escaping with an 69-63 win at Gampel Pavilion.
The Huskies (24-6, 12-5), who played a weird game where it hit 12 3-pointers, but only had 14 points in the paint, never did shake the Scarlet Knights. An 8-0 run midway through the half had the Huskies leading by 11 with 6:07 left, highlighted by a pair of Phil Nolan dunks, but the Huskies stopped scoring as Rutgers made a final bid. UConn didn't score a field goal in the final 4:13.
The Huskies needed to come up with two defensive stops in the final minute to secure the win, one a DeAndre Daniels block with the score 67-63 and then a Nolan charge on the next possession to secure the win.
"We made stops and got a win," coach Kevin Ollie said. "I will take 24-6 going to Louisville, but we have to be together. It was a special moment for me to get this win no matter what, we got this win in front of greatest fans in world.
" Hopefully, we will be back in April celebrating."
Myles Mack scored 16 points to lead Rutgers and was 5 of 7 for the floor and 4 of 6 from the 3-point line. Wally Judge added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Rutgers (11-19, 5-12).
"We are not up for moral victories," Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan said. "Winning is No. 1. But 1a is competitive spirit and how we compete. 1A was there.
"Everything we have to do to knock at the foot of the door to give us a chance to win, we did very much. I can't fault it and happy with our spirit and demeanor."
Napier and Giffey were the only two UConn players in double figures.
UConn shot 47.2 percent from the floor for the game, but was 3-point happy with 25 3-point attempts on 53 shots.