Basketballghana.com can confirm a couple of Ghanaian players have missed out on progressing to the second round of the 2020-2021 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Nathan Mensah of San Diego State University and Emmanuel Dowuona of Purdue University experienced losses in the opening round of the national championship.
Mensah’s San Diego State lost 62-78 to Syracuse University with the Ghanaian youngster playing 23 minutes as the starting Center.
The 6 foot 10 inch Mensah registered five points, five rebounds, a block and a steal in his debut game in the US Men’s College Basketball national competition dubbed “March Madness”.
Mensah scored two of three field goal attempts and converted one of three free throw attempts in the game that had Syracuse’s Buddy Boeheim lead all players with 30 points after making seven of 10 three point shot attempts.
Third year defender Mensah is likely to return to San Diego for his senior year campaign next season.
Fellow defender Emmanuel Dowuona experienced a similar fate as Purdue surprisingly lost 69-78 to North Texas University. Dowuona was inactive for the game.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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