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April 11, 2010

Uzoh performs well in Portsmouth

The University of Tulsa's Ben Uzoh was one of 64 of college basketball's top seniors to compete in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this past week. He led his team to a third-place finish with three solid performances, averaging over 14 points per game in front of representatives from every NBA team.

In the opening round of the tournament on Thursday, Uzoh scored a team-high 16 points in 23 minutes, while converting on 6-of-9 field goals in leading his Portsmouth Partnership team to a 104-85 victory over the Cherry, Bekaert & Holland squad. He also connected on 4-of-6 free throws, dished out four assists and added two steals.

During Friday's semifinal round, Uzoh scored 12 points in a team-high 27 minutes, but it wasn't enough in a 98-75 defeat to Roger Browns. He converted 6-of-12 field goals and added five rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal.

Uzoh had another solid showing in the third-place game on Saturday night. He scored 15 points and added a team-leading five assists and three steals in 24 minutes, as his team defeated Norfolk Sports Club 87-84. Uzoh connected on 6-of-8 field goals and 2-of-2 free throws while tallying his 15 points. He also hit one of Portsmouth Partnerships' two three-point field goals, and added five rebounds.

The Portsmouth Partnership team ended with a 2-1 record. For the three-game tournament, Uzoh averaged 14.3 points, while shooting 62-percent (18-of-29) from the field and 75-percent (6-of-8) from the free throw line. He also averaged 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocked shots.

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