Thursday, December 3, 2009

E-Z Pass Helps Huskies

UConn sophomore point guard Kemba "E-Z Pass" Walker seemed to have a hand in everything last night, hastily helping the Huskies to a 92-64 washout of shorthanded Boston University.

The smurf-sized, high-horsepower guard handed out 10 assists, four short of the XL Center record.

The XL record of 14 dimes in a game was set by Craig Austrie, against Quinnipiac in late December of 2005. Walker could potentially shatter it this season.

In coach Jim Calhoun's eyes, Walker could have eclipsed the all-time XL Center record last night.

"Kemba clearly could have had 15-16 assists if some of the big guys didn't drop the ball," said Calhoun, the loquacious, longtime UConn coach.

For all you readers who remember St. John's Golden Age, Mark Jackson cracked the record books when he dished out 12 assists on Jan. 18, 1986 at the arena formerly known as the Civic Center. Austrie eclipsed Jackson's Civic Center high-water mark 19 years later.

Action Jackson put together this stellar pinpoint passing performance roughly three weeks prior to my birth. Intriguing shit.

Austrie, last year's off guard, set the record his freshman season. He was entrenched as the starting point guard, due to Williams' suspension for his role in the theft of labtops on campus.

UConn has traditionally been known as a physical Big East program that pounds the glass and then gets out in transition. This year, however, the front court has lost some of its luster.

Walker knows this year's UConn squad needs to be even more fast paced with the slimmer and greener frontline. Last night Walker directed a souped-up, well-rounded Huskies' offense.

Five players scored in double-digits, including freshman Jamal Coombs-McDaniel. The Huskies were just eight points short of the century mark while holding an injury-depleted BU team to 30% field goal shooting.

Walker also dropped 15 points, including a big three that broke a 15-15 tie in a Kansas-flat first half. He had three steals and helped spur UConn's rebound-and-push, fast break game.

Walker, a product of guard hotbed Rice HS in Harlem,N.Y. (see Sosa, Edgar or Scott, Durand) lobbed alley-oops for the freakish Stanley "Sticks" Robinson, who had four gravity-defying dunks in the second half.

E-Z Pass' first lob to Robinson, who crushed home the alley-oop dunk, broke open the game.

"When Stanley got that dunk, that's what got us going," said Walker, who played behind Louisville guard Edgar Sosa at Rice.

"Everytime he does something it just amazes me. I've never played with anybody like Sticks, who jumps as high as him. Seeing him do things like that, you know, it just amazes me."