Taliek Browns wrist was nowhere near where it needed to be for the Lefrak City native to be a factor when his University of Connecticut Huskies rolled into Madison Square Garden to take on the St. Johns Red Storm.
But the 6-foot-1 junior guard suited up anyway, starting before his hometown crowd and seeing limited action in his teams hard-fought 74-68 win Monday night.
I got no right but just to be happy because we won, said Brown, a St. Johns Prep product. Its been a real hard week for me by getting injured, not playing and getting in foul trouble, but as long as we win thats what really matters.
Browns injured right wrist, which was wrapped in ice after the game, also hampered him Saturday in his teams 74-65 win over Villanova, the first game of the season in which he failed to score. Heading into Mondays game Brown was fifth on the Huskies in scoring, averaging 7.9 points per game. He leads UConn with 6.4 assists per game.
His high game of the season to this point is a 16-point performance against Quinnipiac. He has also dished out 10 assists twice.
Brown, who led St. Johns Prep to the CHSAA B league championship during his senior year at the Astoria school, has been the starting point guard for the Huskies since he arrived at the Storrs, Conn. campus three years ago.
Coming out of high school, Brown was one of three premier New York City guards who played in the CHSAA, along with Omar Cook and Andre Barrett. All three went on to Big East schools, Cook to St. Johns and Barrett to Seton Hall.
Heading into the St. Johns game, UConn coach Jim Calhoun said he was worried that the Red Storms pressure defense might affect the Huskies offense with a banged up Brown.
My fear before the game [was] that they use very good pressure and the fact that Talieks wrist if it wasnt Madison Square Garden didnt really get significantly better. He tried this morning. He couldnt shoot. He made two foul shots, but he willed those in. Thats Taliek Brown.
Brown, who picked up his second foul at 17:44 of the first half, was limited to just six minutes against St. Johns, but still finished with 4 points and 2 assists. All of his points came in the final two minutes of regulation.
Backcourt mate Ben Gordon ended up running the point for much of the game. Gordon finished with 23 points and 6 assists.
I think Bens really stepping up in my absence and hes doing really well, Brown said. I just hope he keeps it up and we keep winning.
Reach Sports Editor Anthony Bosco by e-mail at TimesLedger@aol.com or call 1-718-229-0300, Ext. 130.
©2003 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.