Tuesday, November 30, 2010

UConn Survives Against Pesky Wildcats

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
The No. 9 UConn Huskies (6-0) made a quantum leap inside the top-10 after not being ranked previously.

Their upcoming game against the New Hampshire Wildcats (3-2) was conceived as a tune-up game for the Big East conference race. However, the Wildcats made it much more than a tune-up game.

New Hampshire came out firing on the Huskies taking the lead in the first half, and not relinquishing it.

The Wildcats went into the half with a 24-23 lead, and a chance to pick up a marquee victory over a top-10 squad.

However, Kemba Walker just did not let that happen. The Huskies got on the right track in the second half and defeated New Hampshire 62-55.

Walker finished with a game-high 30-points, which stays consistent with his average. Walker also chipped in five rebounds, and two steals.

Shabazz Napier was the only other player in double-figures for UConn with 11 points, and four steals. Alex Oriahki battled foul trouble for most of the game but still acquired seven points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks.

The Huskies displayed just how young they were as a team. UConn struggled from the field, and on the glass, but with the leadership of Walker, the Huskies were able to escape New Hampshires upset bid.

Two players were in double-figures for the Wildcats. Ferg Myrick had 19 points, eight rebounds, and four steals. James Calladares also chipped in 12-points off the bench for New Hampshire.

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