UConn wins opener over Stony Brook, 79-52


The UConn Huskies opened the 2010-2011 yesterday with a win over the Stony Brook Seawolves, 79-52.

Alex Oriakhi led the way for the Huskies, scoring 11 points and grabbing 18 rebounds.

Kemba Walker scored 18 points, and Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb led the freshman with 12 and 11 points, respectively.  Napier’s points came on 4-6 shooting from beyond the arc.

Niels Giffey and Tyler Olander started at forward but played only 12 minutes and 11 minutes, with Olander scoring 4 points.

It was a good start for the Huskies, but over a second tier team.

In other games, pre-season All American Harrison Barnes, a freshman, scored 14 points in a surprisingly close win over Lipscomb, meaning that we’re going to continue to hear all the hype.  At least John Henson diffused the hype quickly last season by starting out slow.  I’m sure we’re going to hear about how much Henson has improved, now that he’s posted a 17 rebound game, along with 10 points.  Hmmm, that’s very close to Oriakhi’s 18 and 11 — both encouraging signs, but both playing against lesser opponents.

Now the hype turns to Duke freshman Kyrie Irving, another freshman pre-season All American, who, if the hype is to be believed, is already better than Jon Scheyer, a lights out shooter who played terrifically at point guard last year.  Irving, not even the highest rated freshman coming into college this year, is already being given legendary status.  I will guarantee that Irving will score about 20 points in his first game, thereby feeding into the hype.  Of course it will be against Princeton, and it will be a home game, and he’ll have plenty of opportunities to score.

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