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Oni Honored After Big Weekend

Miye Oni (Nina Lindberg photo)
Miye Oni (Nina Lindberg photo)

Named Ivy League Player of Week, CollegeInsider.com National Mid-Major Player of Week

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Miye Oni's magnificent performances in Yale's weekend sweep of Princeton and Penn has earned him quite a bit of recognition. Oni was named the Lou Henson National Mid Major Player of the Week by CollegeInsider.com and not surprisingly was selected as the Ivy League Player of the Week.

Oni's week began when he scored 35 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had three assists and three blocks in a 74-60 victory over Princeton on Friday. The 35 points were the most by a Bulldog since Greg Mangano had 35 in 2012. It was also his second straight game with at least 30 points. He had 31 in last Saturday's win at Dartmouth. That put him in some select company in school history. Oni became only the fifth player at Yale to record back-to-back 30-point games, joining Tony Lavelli '49, Rick Kaminisky '64, who accomplished it twice, Jim Morgan '71 and Butch Graves '84. Oni also finished just four points shy of the Yale record for points in a game by a junior. Graves had 39 against Harvard on Mar. 5, 1983, in his junior season.

The next night in a 78-65 win over Penn, Oni turned in a 21-point, eight-rebound, five-assist performance. Five of those points, including a highlight reel dunk, came in the final five minutes when the Bulldogs broke open a close game.

In the two games, Oni averaged 28 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.5 blocks, while shooting 58.8 percent (20-of-34) from the field and 60 percent (6-of-10) from three-point range.

Oni is now second in the Ivy League in scoring (18.1 ppg.), shares the league lead in assists (3.8 per game) and is sixth in rebounding (6.7 rpg.).

The Bulldogs, who moved into first place in the Ivy League with the wins over Princeton and Penn, are back in action on Friday when they travel to Columbia.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity