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Lamb Led Huskies Down Marquette
Posted By Wilson Tarpeh Jr. On Jan 26 2011 @ 12:44 am In UConn | No Comments
Marquette prepared for Kemba Walker and did a pretty good job stifling him, maybe they should have prepared for the Uconn Huskies as a whole. Uconn got another big road win by beating Marquette 76-68, Marquette was up in the 2nd half before Uconn stormed back. As usual Uconn relied on their suffocating defense to rally, the Huskies shut down Marquette down the stretch. This is no longer a “one man band,” this is one of the better teams in the country and they are starting to prove it. Marquette held Walker to 14 points on 5 of 16 shooting, the problem was Walker showed his prowess as a point guard and started to facilitate the offense. Walker finished with 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 2 steals in addition with his 14 points. The big story tonight is the play of Jeremy Lamb, he really becoming Robin to Walker’s Batman. Lamb had a career night by scoring 24 points, Lamb is the first player this season other than Walker to score 20 points. Uconn’s “other guys” are starting to become more consistent, Roscoe Smith and Shabazz Napier are really coming on for the Huskies. Alex Oriahki wasn’t his normal self on the boards last night, thanks to the improving play of Charles Okwandu Uconn was able to win the battle of the boards. Okwandu had 10 rebounds and a block in 23 minutes of play, A.O. was in foul trouble so that was much of the reason he wasn’t able to contribute. Lamb also had 4 assists and 3 rebounds as well, he went 3 of 4 from three. Napier finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in just 25 minutes of play. Smith had 11 points, 2 steals, and 8 rebounds with 5 of them being on the offensive end. Uconn is now 17-2 overall and 5-2 in the Big East, the 5th Ranked Huskies host Louisville Saturday at noon. The Huskies seem to continue to improve, Coach Calhoun should be given the Coach of the Year award right now if it were up to me!!
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