Farokhmanesh's long-distance dedication rewarded in UNI upset
OKLAHOMA CITY -- From his seat on Northern Iowa's bench, 7-foot senior center
As it turned out, senior guard
That was especially true in the game's final 35 seconds. With the scored tied at 66 and no timeouts left for Northern Iowa, Ahelegbe brought the ball down the court and tried to milk the clock while looking for an opportunity to penetrate. Unlike most teams, the Panthers don't practice time-and-score situations, where they put, say, 40 seconds on the clock with the opponent up two and then work out a way to win. "We always practice like we're up," says Ahelegbe. "We always
As Ahelegbe serenely worked the clock, UNLV kept doubling him, cutting off his avenues to the paint. "They even had a 7-footer running at me, and that wasn't going to work," he says. Finally, he dumped the ball off to sophomore guard
Hanging out near the left sideline virtually unguarded, Farokhmanesh caught the ball and let fly a beautiful parabola from about 30 feet that found the rim and the net. "He made a great shot," says Moran. "From my angle, it looked like it was going in. He's such a great shooter and was having such a great night. I've seen him make so many open three-pointers in practice and games."
So has Eglseder, who often plays H-O-R-S-E or P-I-G with Farokhmanesh during shootarounds on road trips. ("I've never beaten him, but I have come close," says Eglseder, who has nevertheless made just 1 of 9 three-point attempts this year.) Asked if he would want anyone else to have the ball in his hands in the waning seconds, Eglseder said, "No, not at all. That guy is in the gym shooting shots more than any guy I've ever known."
Farokhmanesh, who nearly doubled his per-game average by scoring 17 points, including three threes, against UNLV, was an admirer of