Not even a career-high 30 point haul from Ugonna
Onyekwe was enough to help Penn Quakers advance in the NCAA
Tournament, as they were defeated 77-63 by Oklahoma State in Boston
Ivy League champions had been undefeated in their previous 15
games, and showed no fear in the early going against the higher-ranked
Cowboys, with Onyekwe, who hails from London, hitting seven of
his eight shots from the field for 18 first-half points.
might have taken a lead into the break had it not been for a freak
technical foul with 2.0 seconds remaining, when they errantly
had six players on the floor for an inbounds play. Victor Williams
hit one of the resulting free throws to edge Oklahoma State ahead
36-35 at the half.
was a game that saw eight lead changes, but the momentum would
shift in the Cowboys direction, sparked by nine consecutive points
from their guard Tony Allen, and the Quakers' loss of guard Tim
Begley with a badly sprained ankle, to put Big 12 Conference team
did bring Penn within 2 points at 61-59, but his inside move with
7:11 left, would prove to be the Quakers last basket from open
play in the game.
turnover count was rapidly increasing, presenting the Cowboys
with plentiful transition scoring down the stretch, which helped
mask their woeful shooting from the charity stripe - hitting only
11 from 21 free throws in the second half.
State closed the game out with an emphatic 16-4 run, to book their
place in the next round, where they will face the third-seeded
Syracuse, who knocked off Manhattan 76-65 earlier in the day.
not the desired result for Onyekwe, playing in his final college
game for Penn, it was a performance that justified his selection
as the Ivy League Player of the Year for the past two seasons,
and no doubt indicates a bright future to come in the ranks of
the pro leagues.
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