I don't know what it is with diminutive nicknames, but undersized players with names like "Mookie," "Smush" and "Spud" will always find a place in the hearts of casual sports fans. Last night, a 5'11" Portland Pilot senior guard named "Pooh" helped lead his team a WCC overtime victory over Pepperdine with a game-high 25 (increasing his ppg in league games to an even 24.0), and helped keep the score close down the regulation's stretch with key shots and free throws -- Pooh's trey with nine seconds left in the second forced overtime.
There were more exciting performances last night, sure - more points, more rebounds, more assists. But when there's a Pooh in the house, you've got to pick Pooh. Kids of all ages love Pooh. Say it with me: Pooh, Pooh, Pooh.
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