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Boatright added 18 points and Omar Calhoun had 17 as the guard trio accounted for 64 UConn points.
Johnson led five Bobcat players in double figures with 16 points and Young added 15.
"It's hard," said Moore. "My kids are a little devastated, because they feel they were close to beating a team that they have a lot of respect for. In tournaments like this, you don't get extra points for playing really well against a good team."
UConn hit 39 of 45 free throws, matching the highest total of made free throws in a game in program history, including 23 of its final 24. The smaller Quinnipiac, which plays in the Northeast Conference, outrebounded the Huskies, 44-35.
"They're a physical team, I know Tommy Moore preaches that," Ollie said of the Bobcats. "At the end of the day, we got the victory, and I'm very, very excited for these kids."
UConn advances to the tournament finals, where it will face New Mexico.
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