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Morris Udeze Named Mountain West Player of the Week

by Steve Kirkland

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – New Mexico’s Morris Udeze was named Mountain West Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Udeze was honored after earning Lobo Classic MVP honors, leading the Lobos to victories over Jacksonville State, North Dakota State and Northern Colorado to capture the title.

For the three games of the tournament, Udeze averaged 22.3 points per game on 66.7% (24-36) shooting from the floor and 90.5% (19-21) shooting from the free throw line. He also added 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game during the event.

In the opening game of the Lobo Classic, Udeze matched his previous career high with 22 points on 9-11 shooting in the 79-61 victory over Jacksonville State. He followed that with 12 points in the 76-55 win over North Dakota State. Udeze saved his best performance of the week for the matchup with Northern Colorado as the Lobos posted a 98-74 win to capture the championship. He had career highs of 33 points and 14 rebounds, the first 33/14 game by a Lobo in 20 years and the only 33/14 game in the nation this season. Udeze was 10-16 from the field against the Bears and was 13-13 from the free throw line, the seventh best perfect free throw game in UNM history.

It is the first Mountain West Player of the Week recognition for a Lobo since the 2019-20 season. It is the second conference Player of the Week award of Udeze’s career as he was Player of the Week in the American Athletic Conference on Jan. 13, 2021 after a 20-point game for Wichita State against Tulsa.

The Lobos will travel to Saint Mary’s on Wednesday. Game time in Moraga is 7 p.m. PT (8 p.m. MT) and the game will be streamed online on the West Coast Conference Network.