UConn squeaks by New Hampshire 62-55

Thought I posted this late last night, but it didn’t seem to go up…

The newly ranked UConn Huskies survived a scare from lightly regarded New Hampshire yesterday, holding on to win by a final score of 62-55.

The game managed to be both improbable and predictable – improbable because there is no way that New Hampshire should be able to stick with the 7th ranked team, and predictable because you knew, just knew that the Huskies would struggle after their meteoric rise in the poles.

UConn trailed at halftime 24-23, didn’t take the lead until several minutes into the second half and never really was able to pull away.

Kemba Walker led the way for UConn with 30 points, with many of them coming on last second free throws as he iced the game for the Huskies.  He was not the dominant player that he’s been all season.

Alex Oriakhi chipped in with 7 points and 10 rebounds, after spending all but about 7 minutes on the bench in the first half with foul trouble.

Shabazz Napier scored 11 points, most of them in the second half.

Forward Ferg Myrick led the Wildcats with 19 points, and really kept them in the game.  How unknown is Myrick?  One website calls him “Myrick Ferg” in the game summary.


My take on the game:

UConn really struggled, and you can expect them to have more games like this.  Walker had a decent, but not dominant game, Oriakhi played in foul trouble for much of the game, and for most of the game, no one else stepped up.  Napier did come up big down the stretch.  Giffey was 0-4 from the field, and Lamb and Coombs-McDaniel chipped in with 2 points apiece.  Roscoe Smith was 0-2 with 2 boards in 21 minutes – the Huskies need much more from him.  This is not the 7th best team in the country.


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