UConn tops Bridgeport 103-57 in exhibition game

Kemba Walker scored 21 points and freshman Jeremy Lamb had 17 to

lead Connecticut to a 103-57 exhibition win over Bridgeport on

Sunday.

Alex Oriakhi went 5 for 5 from the field and finished with 16

points for UConn, which went 8 of 12 from 3-point range in the

first half and led 53-23 at the break.

Lamb, a freshman from Norcross, Ga., said coach Jim Calhoun had

been encouraging him to play at the pace that he’ll need to in the

rugged Big East.

”He’s been challenging me in practice on going to the boards,

scoring, knocking down shots,” Lamb said.

Walker also had eight assists and eight rebounds against the

Purple Knights, who advanced to the Division II tournament last

season for the sixth time in the last eight years.

UConn outrebounded Bridgeport 44-31 despite being even at the

half.

Josh Martin, a junior from Philadelphia in his first season,

scored a team-high 14 points for Bridgeport, which shot 36.9

percent from the field and was 5 of 21 from 3-point range.

The Huskies played 10 players for the second consecutive game,

with seven of them logging an average of 15 minutes. Calhoun is

hoping the depth helps six freshmen adjust.

”We’re building, hopefully, this 10-man team,” Calhoun said.

”I’d like a month from now, playing games in December sometime, to

be talking about a 10-man team, but that takes all of us and a

commitment by everybody.”