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)

"We Are Your Team!" You can stay connected with Fresno State Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.

2011-12 Archive
2010-11 Archive
2009-10 Archive
2008-09 Archive
2007-08 Archive
2006-07 Archive

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.