Even though Connecticut is a mere one game into the 2011-12 season, Jeremy Lamb may already have produced his most memorable dunk of the year.
The 6-foot-5 sophomore blew by Columbia's Noah Springwater, drove baseline and then soared over a late-rotating Mark Cisco for powerful one-handed jam. The result was enough to entice a big grin about of the normally sleepy-eyed, expressionless Lamb.
Lamb's dunk was part of a huge scoring barrage from the UConn star in a 70-57 victory over an overmatched Columbia team. In the Huskies' first real game since capturing the 2011 national championship, Lamb showed signs he can replace Kemba Walker as the team's go-to scorer, delivering an efficient, effortless 30 points on 11-for-17 shooting.
"I'm not trying to be Kemba," Lamb told the Hartford Courant. "I don't need to be. We have a lot of weapons here. I will have to score more."