ISU’s Okoro plays through family tragedy


February 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State freshman guard Kerwin Okoro got a brief respite from an extremely painful time when his basket capped an 87-53 victory over TCU on Saturday. It was the first action in two months for Okoro, who had just returned from his brother Idiongo’s funeral in New York. Idiongo died earlier this month of colon cancer at just 28 years old, just two months after Okoro said his 72-year-old father, Stanislaus Okoro, died of a stroke. Kerwin Okoro says the reception he got from his teammates and Cyclones fans shows how much the program has become like a family to him.