Yuat Alok scored a career high 19 points (9/13FG) as New Mexico State won 78-76 in overtime on the home court of fierce rivals New Mexico on Monday (NZT). Alok scored six of the Aggies 10 overtime points and also added 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a blocked shot.
Back in 2017 Alok was rated the third best Junior College recruit after two standout years at Chipola College. However, since then his college career has had a number of false starts but perhaps this performance will spur him to greater heights.
He played just 10 games for Texas Christian University in 2018 then next appeared in Coppin State colours for the 2020-21 season where in 11 games (all as a starter) he averaged a more than useful 9.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
Now Alok has landed at his third Division I college in as many years with his career performance against New Mexico perhaps a sign of the 6’11” centre’s potential coming to fruition.
Alok first made a name for himself at Selwyn College before moving across the Harbour Bridge to Rangitoto College where he formed a formidable front court pairing with Tai Wynyard.
He also caught the eye of the Breakers and was signed as a Development Player for the 2014/15 NBL season.
Aged 17 he moved to the States where he played at Impact Academy in Sarasota, Florida before embarking on his collegiate journey.
Another former Breakers DP has seen his hot scoring streak come to an end as South Dakota went down 74-69 against Northern Colorado.
Kruz Perrott-Hunt had scored in double figures in five straight games and was averaging 14.6ppg but had just 5 points in this one (plus 3 rebounds and an assist) as the Coyotes slip to 5-4.
Tera Reed delivered season high points (15), rebounds (9) and assists (5) but couldn’t prevent University Southern California falling 78-63 to San Francisco.
14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, a block and a steal from Kendell Heremaia helped propel Fordham to a 76-67 victory over Princeton ahead of the Battle of the Bronx against Manhattan on Thursday (NZT).
Boise State 76 (Kaitlin Burgess 9pts, 5rebs) Florida Atlantic 64
Virginia 62 (McKenna Dale 2pts, 1reb) George Washington 53
Texas Christian 54 (Tara Manmaleuga 4pts, 2stls, 1a, 1reb) Florida 63
Virginia 49 (Taine Murray 1pt, 1reb, 1a) James Maddison 52