While Colorado State had the week off, Emmanuel Omogbo made the toughest trip home one could imagine. The junior spent the weekend back in Maryland grieving the loss of his parents and twin niece and nephew in a tragic house fire — Matt Norlander’s feature on Omogbo is a must read, by the way — and returned to the team on Tuesday.
On Wednesday night Omogbo checked into the game in the second half to a standing ovation from the CSU fans.
Great game with big shots from both teams.. But this was the biggest moment of the game @MW_MHoops #sjsu #mwbb https://t.co/XyBBJdt6l4
— San Jose State MBB (@SJSUMBB) January 28, 2016
Emmanuel Omogbo comes in and Moby holds a standing ovation. #classy #CSURams @csumensbball pic.twitter.com/XodCUh7GNT
— Rich Kurtzman (@RichKurtzman) January 28, 2016
“That’s the neatest performance I’ve seen under such adverse circumstances,” Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy said after the game. “And I was going to put him in, and then there was a timeout. So I waited until they started to play the game again, then I put him in because I knew the fans would encourage him.
“And I thought our fans were terrific tonight, and they really acknowledged him, and if you don’t think that means a lot to him, we’re kidding ourselves. It was cool that he hasn’t played much in the last week, and 11 (points) and 7 (rebounds) in 20 minutes may be the greatest performance I’ve witnessed under such tragic situations.”
Omogbo’s 11 points helped Colorado State seal the 74-66 victory.