Monday, November 22, 2010

Chancellor Berman congratulates Chigozie Umeadi for being named GLVC Player of the Week

UIS Director of Athletics Rodger Jehlicka, Chancellor Harry Berman, sophomore guard Chigozie Umeadi, and Head Men's Basketball coach Ben Wierzba.

University of Illinois Springfield Chancellor Harry Berman congratulated Chigozie Umeadi for being named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week during a meeting on November 22, 2010.

The sophomore guard paced the Prairie Stars to a pair of wins over regional foes during the first weekend of the season.

UIS defeated Lake Superior State, 67-66, behind an 18-point, eight-rebound effort from Umeadi. In the win, he was 7-of-14 from the field and also added a pair of assists and a steal in the victory.

Umeadi lifted the Prairie Stars to an 80-79 win over visiting Northwood the following day. He knocked down the game-winning free throw with just two seconds to play and stole the ensuing inbounds pass to secure the win.

Umeadi finished with 21 points and eight rebounds. He was 6-of-13 from the field and converted 9-of-11 free throw attempts while also adding two assists, a blocked shot and steal.

On the week, Umeadi averaged 19.5 points and eight rebounds per game. He shot 48.1 percent from the field and 65 percent from the free throw line. Umeadi also tallied four assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

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