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Game Capsule: UConn Vs. Wagner

BasketballGampel PavilionShabazz NapierNiels GiffeyL.A.M.B.Joe D'AmbrosioWTIC

Wagner at No. 4 UConn

Site: Gampel Pavilion, Storrs.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: SNY (Mike Crispino, Ron Perry).

Radio: WTIC-AM 1080 (Joe D'Ambrosio, Wayne Norman).

Series history: UConn, 4-0.

Last meeting: UConn, 97-85, Dec. 7, 2002, at Gampel Pavilion.

Streaks: UConn W1, Wagner W1.

WAGNER (1-0)

23 JONATH0N WILLIAMS G/F, Jr., 6-6, 7.0 – Hit 3-of-4 shots in 14 minutes vs. Princeton.

5 NAOFALL FALOHAN, C, 6-11, So., 6.0 – Five rebounds in 18 minites vs. Princeton.

3 TYLER MURRAY, G, 6-5, Sr., 15.0 – One of top all-around players in NEC.

15 KENNETH ORTIZ G, 6-0, So., 7.0 – 3-for-9 from floor in first game.

24 LATIF RIVERS G, 6-1, So., 12 – Played at Avon Old Farms.

25 JOSH THOMPSON F, 6-5, Jr., 14.0 – Off the bench, scored 12 in second half vs. Princeton.

UCONN 1-0

13 SHABAZZ NAPIER, G, 6-1, So. 21.0 – Needs to stay out of foul trouble with no backup.

3 JEREMY LAMB, G, 6-5, So., 30 – Dwayne Wade calls Lamb is favorite non-Marquette player.

34 ALEX ORIAKHI, F, 6-9, Jr. – 2.0 – Needs to be much more assertive.

10 TYLER OLANDER, C , 6-9, So. 7.0 – 8 rebounds, 4 blocks, best inside player vs. Columbia.

22 ROSCOE SMITH, F, 6-8, So. -5.0 – Had some good moments in opener.

12 ANDRE DRUMMOND, C, 6-10, Fr. 0.0 – Debut disappointing, looking for improvement.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

UCONN REBOUNDING: Coach Jim Calhoun was fuming over rebounding vs. Columbia.

HURLEY PRIDE: In year-plus at Wagner, Dan Hurley is known for courtside intensity.

A.O. K?: See above: Alex Oriakhi looks to be more assertive.

BOATRIGHT STATUS: Ryan Boatright's eligibity review has dragged on into season. Maybe something will be known before the game.

DRUMMOND IMPROVEMENT: After getting shutout vs. Columbia, highly-touted freshman looks to show UConn fans what he can do.

TIRING ROLE: Shabazz Napier has played well, but had to play a lot with no viable backup.

GIFFEY RETURNS: Niels Giffey (ankle and knee) practiced Saturday and Sunday and is cleared to play.

DOM AMORE I damore@courant.com

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