Originally written July 09, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
Make it three Sun Devil men's basketball players on the way to London for the 2012 Olympics. Ike Diogu, a second-team All-American, Pac-10 Player of the Year and first-round NBA draft pick in 2005, will lead Nigeria into the London Games. Diogu had 25 points and 10 rebounds and hit a pair of clutch three-points in the fourth quarter to lead Nigeria to an 88-73 victory over the Dominican Republic in the third-place game of the Olympics qualifying tournament in Caracas, Venezuela. The game was tied at 64 when Diogu drained a pair of 3-pointers to spark a 24-11 closing run to lead the Nigerians past the John Calipari-coached Dominican Republic. "If you consider yourself to be a bigtime player, you've got to relish those moments," Diogu said. "I said I'm going to be the one to put our team on my back, and that's what I did. Thank goodness the balls went in." With the victory, Nigeria joined Russia and Lithuania in earning berths for the Olympics. ...
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