PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) - Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb each scored 23 points to help No. 4 Connecticut run its winning streak to 16 games with a 73-63 victory over UNC Asheville on Thursday night in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Napier made four 3-pointers, including a late 4-point play, and also had seven assists and three steals for the defending national champion Huskies (5-0). Connecticut shot 52 percent (25 of 47) from the field and 40.9 percent (9 of 22) from 3-point range to easily overcome 19 turnovers.
The Huskies will face Central Florida in the second round. UCF beat College of Charleston 74-63.
Matt Dickey led Asheville (2-3) with 18 points, and Jeremy Atkinson added 18.
NO. 22 FLORIDA STATE 73, MASSACHUSETTS 53
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) - Michael Snaer had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Florida State took advantage of Massachusetts' dismal shooting in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Luke Loucks added 12 points, and Bernard James had nine points and five blocks for the Seminoles (5-0).
Raphiael Putney scored 11 points for Massachusetts (4-1). The Minutemen were 19 of 68 from the field and 2 for 23 from 3-point range.