There were two stories Friday: Shabazz Napier’s ability to affect the game despite a 2-for-7 shooting night and DeAndre Daniels’ career-high 23 points on a bad back.
At one point, Daniels had 23 of UConn’s 37.
“DeAndre is a player and DeAndre just has to have that confidence to take it to the rim and be aggressive,” said UConn coach Kevin Ollie. “He’s so long. One time he looked like he was Dr. J: he went under the rim, under the backboard and made a scoop shot.”
Some more from Ollie and the 7-2 Huskies, who are off until Dec. 17:
*Ollie on Enosch Wolf starting: “It’s just switching things up. Enosch deserves to start because he’s been playing well. He’s been playing in key moments for us. I told Tyler just to fight to get that position back, because it’s not etched in stone that he’s the starter. I go by feel, by effort and by production.”
*Harvard coach Tommy Amaker on DeAndre Daniels: “He was a tough match-up for us. He seems to be a very versatile player. We’ve also been seeing and hearing that they wanted to get more from him. He certainly looked like he delivered tonight.”
*UConn was beat on the boards again, but the Huskies forced 19 turnovers. Probably the best defensive game we’ve seen to date.
*R.J. Evans played just nine minutes, a season-low. The Huskies didn’t get much from Omar Calhoun, either. After a solid five-game stretch, Calhoun now has five points on 1-for-11 shooting over his last two. Calhoun is super-talented, but he’s clearly inconsistent, as are most other freshmen.