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Huskies Drop Hoyas In 2nd Round
Posted By Wilson Tarpeh Jr. On Mar 9 2011 @ 11:09 pm In UConn | No Comments
The winner of today’s matchup between Georgetown and Connecticut get to play Pitt tomorrow, I really don’t see how that’s a reward at all. Uconn beat the Hoyas in their first matchup when Chris Wright was available. Wright has been out for the past 5 games or so with an injury to his non shooting hand, so I’m not going to hype this win by any means. Since I already let the cat out the bag, the Huskies beat the Hoyas 79-62 to give Jim Calhoun his 300th victory in the Big East. As always when facing Uconn, teams have to figure out how they are going to defend Kemba Walker. The Hoyas got in foul trouble early with 5 team fouls just 4 minutes into the game, it didn’t give Uconn an immediate advantage though. The Huskies dialed in on D and went on a couple of runs to go into the half with a 12 point lead, much like yesterday’s game Kemba did a great job of getting his teammates going. Jeremy Lamb(11 points) had another big first half with 9 points and Jamal Coombs-McDaniels(12 points) got going too. The biggest surprise for the Huskies was the improved play of center Charles Okwandu. Okwandu has been seen as a project for the last 3 years, well consider the project over! Charles has been pretty good for the Huskies all year, but he has started to come out of his shell as of late. He’s becoing that inside presence on defense that the Huskies have always had in the past. Not only his defense, but he is starting to become a viable option on offense. Uconn looked a little sluggish to start the 2nd half, but Kemba got them going by taking over. That ignited another big run and the Huskies pushed it to 15 at the most, Austin Freeman(20 points) and Jason Clark (23 points) tried to keep the Hoyas in it. Shabazz Napier got it going in the 2nd half as well with a beautiful euro-step in transition that led to an and-one. The Huskies fell into another late game lull, but thanks to their cushion it didn’t hurt much. Georgetown, unlike DePaul yesterday didn’t have as much fight in them. Kemba finished with 28 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. He ended up leading the team in rebounds, as Alex Oriahki grabbed 5 rebounds and scored 5 points. Baz finished with 7 points and 3 steals, Uconn faces Pitt tomorrow at noon!!
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