Okolie scored 29 points to earn his first career Ivy Player of the Week honor (Laura Jacobsen).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Agunwa Okolie has been named Ivy League Player of the Week after lifting the Harvard men's basketball team to a 77-70 win over Dartmouth on Saturday in both team's conference opener, Ancient Eight officials announced Monday.
Okolie scored a career-high 29 points in the victory and came up clutch when the team needed him most, scoring 14 of the team's final 18 points and 10-straight to close out the win. During this flurry the defensive standout came away with a steal and finished at the other end for an and-1, beat the shot clock with just his second 3-pointer of the season, then hit 4-of-4 at the line for the final margin.
A native of Ajax, Ontario, Okolie finished the game shooting 9-of-11 from the field and was a perfect 10-of-10 at the line. His 29 points, meanwhile, were the third-most ever scored by a Crimson student-athlete under Tommy Amaker, The Thomas G. Stemberg '71 Family Endowed Coach for Harvard Men's Basketball.
Okolie shares this week's award with Princeton's Amir Bell who scored a career-best 28 points in the Tigers' 73-71 overtime win over Penn on Saturday. In addition to Okolie earning the first Player of the Week award of his career, he was also named the College Sports Madness Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday.
Harvard has now received three weekly awards from the conference office, following Zena Edosomwan's selection as Player of the Week on Dec. 28 and Wesiner Perez's Rookie of the Week plaudit on Dec. 7.
Harvard returns to the court tomorrow, Jan. 11 as it hosts Ryerson to cap off a four-game homestand. Tip off between the Crimson and Rams is set for 7 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.