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Post game breakdown: C.W. Post

Another exhibition win is in the book for the UConn Huskies.

Now it's on to the regular season.

UConn opens Friday night against Columbia in Storrs.

Some news, notes and quotes from Sunday's 91-61 rout of C.W. Post at the XL Center in Hartford:

-- Overall, coach Jim Calhoun appeared pleased with his team's play.

"I thought we got a couple of things accomplished, and I think that's what exhibition games are for," Calhoun said. "Even thought we had some advantages up front, we did some things better than we did last time (against American International College). We took advantage by getting the ball inside."

-- Calhoun on the atmosphere: "It felt like an exhibition game, atmosphere-wise. Hopefully, Friday night it won't, as we go back to Gampel and get ourselves excited to start the season."

Attendance was a decent 7,215 for a Sunday afternoon.

-- Junior Alex Oriakhi had his second straight lackadaisical game. He finished with just four points and eight rebounds in 132 minutes.

"We need Alex to be better than that," Calhoun said. "We just do. Alex is a horse of ours. He's been big in big games. And as it gets more physical, we're going to need him."

-- Freshmen Andre Drummond (16 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks, two steals) and DeAndre Daniels (13 points, four blocks, three assists) both looked more comfortable in their second game.

"I'm not satisfied but I feel like I did a lot better today than the first game," Drummond said.

-- Drummond combined with sophomore Shabazz Napier for the play of the game. Drummond made a steal and passed off to Napier to start a fast break. Napier tossed the ball off the backboard for a soaring Drummond to slam home.

It was one of Napier's 13 assists. He had 15 assists against AIC.

"Shabazz had a better game than the first (game)," Calhoun said.

-- As of right now, freshman Brendan Allen is UConn's back-up point guard. He's a walk-on from Windsor. He'll hold down that spot until freshman Ryan Boatright's status is cleared up. The NCAA is reviewing Boatright's eligibility.

Allen had three points, one assist and one turnover in 16 minutes.

"We're throwing an awful lot at a walk-on, but I thought today he looked more comfortable," Calhoun said. "I tell you one thing, he's got a little stomach to him. With more work, he's going to help us, particularly given the situation right now."

Allen is excited about making a contribution.

"I had no idea that I'd be such an important piece to the team," Allen said.

-- Depth remains a concern.

Sophomore Niels Giffey sat out with a hyper-extended right knee. He also wore a protective boat on his right foot. Calhoun described the foot injury as a bone bruise.

It's unsure whether Giffey will be ready for the season opener.

-- Napier is learning to play differently because of the lack of depth. He needs to stay out of foul trouble.

"I can't be as aggressive as I usually am," Napier said.

-- Calhoun would like to keep sophomore Jeremy Lamb playing off-the-ball, even though he's capable of running the team from the point guard spot.

Lamb has played very well so far, scoring a game-high 23 points on 10-for-14 shooting Sunday.

-- Former Husky Kevin Freeman, the new assistant director of men's basketball administration, met with the media prior to today's game against C.W. Post. He'll deal with academic and compliance issues as well as serve a mentor.

Freeman, 33, who played for the 1999 national championship team, officially started his new job on Friday.

"It's just an opportunity to get back here," Freeman said. "It's almost a full circle for me. It's a dream come true to get back here and be in the fold with UConn."

For those keeping track at home, that makes four former Huskies on the staff. Hobbs and assistants Glen Miller and Kevin Ollie also played here.

Someday, Freeman would like to join the coaching ranks.

"I've got to take it step by step," Freeman said. "It's definitely a way in."

Freeman also looks forward to seeing another side of Calhoun.

He also had something interesting to say about Lamb. He called Lamb "almost a mirror image" of Richard Hamilton, Freeman's former teammate.

"The swagger, the walk, the quietness," Freeman said. "He's so much like Rip, it's funny. Sometimes I want to say, `Hey, Rip.' "

-- Check out the video of Calhoun's post-game press conference.

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