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Star center excels with parents on hand

Updated: April 6, 2004, 2:04 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO -- Emeka Okafor powered between a pair of defenders and slammed home a rebound, electrifying the Connecticut cheering section.

At the center of everything, Okafor put on an All-American performance and punctuated it with that rim-shaking dunk late in Monday night's 82-73 win over Georgia Tech for the NCAA championship.

And somehow, up in the stands, Pius Okafor managed to stay relaxed. With fans around him standing and shouting, he stayed in his seat and politely ...

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