Olekaibe Named Sysco Student-Athlete of the Week

    Feb. 27, 2012


    Kevin Olekaibe

    Las Vegas, Nev. (Cimarron-Memorial HS)
    Men's Basketball

    Sophomore shooting guard Kevin Olekaibe (Las Vegas, Nev.) scored a career-high 43 points, including 25 in the second half to fuel the Bulldogs' come-from-behind 78-72 win over Seattle University, and hit back-to-back 3-pointers that forced the first of three overtimes against WAC leader Nevada.

    Olekaibe's 43-point effort set a school record for most points in a 40-minute game and tied for the third-most by any Division I player this season. It was also the most by any WAC player since Utah State's Jaycee Carroll tallied 44 against New Mexico State in 2007. Olekaibe tallied a 12-for-25 clip from the field and made all 14 of his free throws against the Redhawks to become the first Fresno State player to score 40 points in a game since Courtney Alexander did so in an overtime game back in 2000. In that second half versus Seattle U, Olekaibe hit the go-ahead 3-pointer and converted four crucial free throws in the final 1:27 that helped seal the comeback win for the 'Dogs. Olekaibe followed up the best scoring night of his career by single-handedly erasing Nevada's largest lead of the game when the Pack led 53-47 with two straight deep 3-pointers in a span of 36 seconds that tied the game and forced extra time.

    For the week, Olekaibe averaged 27.0 points per game, hit seven 3-pointers and went 17-for-18 (94.4 percent) at the free throw line.

    Other Nominees:
    David Ayoun (Men's Tennis)
    Jordan Luplow (Baseball)
    Meagan McKee (Women's Indoor Track & Field)
    Michelle Moses (Softball)
    Rosie Moult (Women's Basketball)
    Hannah Prigge (Diving)
    Hillary West (Equestrian)

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    Sysco Central California is proud to honor the Fresno State Athlete of the Week, just as we're proud to serve our local foodservice industry with integrity, trust and a commitment to a healthier community. Since 1938, Sysco has partnered with Central Valley businesses with the goal of helping them flourish and succeed - often keeping family businesses strong for generations. At the same time, we support the people and organizations that make Central California such a special place to call home, including Fresno State and the student athletes who share Sysco's passion for excellence.

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