Thursday, January 21, 2010

EZ Pass Bounces Back, UConn Halts Skid

Kemba Walker can admit it.

The kid they call EZ Pass hasn’t been operating UConn’s offense the way CT folks envisoned the Rucker Regular would the past few weeks, and UConn’s three-headed monster of Walker-Stanley Robinson-Jerome Dyson hadn’t been leading the way they were supposed to during the program’s first three-game slide in three years.

"(Coach Blaney) told us (Walker, Dyson, Robinson) we're the big three on this team and he wanted us to take the leadership role," said Walker.

"All three of us haven't been doing a great job with it, but lately throughout practice, we've been talking to the guys and trying to get them to step up."

Last night, against some of the same local products who’ve witnessed EZ Pass carve up cats on Gotham’s streetball circuit, Walker stepped up while simultaneously snapping out of his funk.

Ripping out of the straightcoat his game had been caged in, EZ PASS dropped 17 points and doled out six dimes. He recharged the running game and UConn played at a frenetic, breakneck pace with a swag that had been sorely lacking during the mini freefall.

UConn snapped the losing streak with a 75-59 trouncing of St. John’s at the XL Center in Hartford.

Legendary coach Jim Calhoun was out on medical leave.

Longtime assistant coach George Blaney explained to the media horde that Calhoun’s doctor advised the HOF coach to take some time off.

Hellbent on stopping the bleeding, UConn took no time off last night.

The Huskies busted out of the second half gates on a ferocious 11-4 spurt, running away with a double-digit lead SJU couldn’t slice to under seven.

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