What’s gotten into Coombs-McDaniel?

By Mac Cerullo, Sports Editor

Jamal Coombs-McDaniel during his 25-point outburst against Providence. - Jim Anderson/The Daily Campus

We’re early in the second half here at Gampel, and we have an interesting development so far. That development? Jamal Coombs-McDaniel is the Huskies’ leading scorer with 16 points, and he is the main reason that the Huskies are in this game.

Yes, you heard that right, Coombs-McDaniel has been the X factor so far. He finished the first half with 12 points after subbing in for Jeremy Lamb (out with foul trouble) and he hasn’t slowed down a bit in the second half – he’s already got four more.

He’s already past his career high, and he is playing the best game we’ve seen out of him, by far, in his time at UConn. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out through the rest of the game, and perhaps in the future. If the former 4-star recruit becomes a consistent threat, the Huskies will be much deeper and better for it.

UPDATE: He finished with 25 points and 7 rebounds. He never slowed down for a second, and he was without a doubt the best player on the floor, even on a night where Kemba went for 22 and seemed to be back to his old self. Unbelievable.

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