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Nov. 20, 2009
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The USC Upstate men's basketball team had a strong showing on Monday night at Indiana and was led by Mezie Uzochukwu's 14 points and five boards.
Uzochukwu, through the first two games of the season, leads the Spartans in points per game at an even 10. A season ago the Greensboro, N.C., product appeared in 29 games for Upstate, while averaging 6.3 ppg and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Uzochukwu and the rest of the Spartans will travel to Rock Hill, S.C., on Saturday when they face the Winthrop Eagles at 4:00 p.m. Saturday's match-up will be the first meeting between the two schools since Feb. 20, 1984, when the Spartans claimed a 72-63 victory in Rock Hill.
Uzochukwu recently talked with Alex Edwards of Upstatespartans.com about the 2009-10 season as well as his time in Spartanburg.
The Spartans recently played at Nebraska and at Indiana, how do you feel those early season tests will benefit the team this season?
Upstate has several big name programs remaining on the schedule, are there any games you are looking forward to more than others?
If you are having an off night, how do you keep yourself motivated throughout the game?
What is one thing that people may not know about head coach Eddie Payne?
What was the deciding factor that brought you to Upstate?
If you were able to spend the day with any athlete, who would you choose? Why?
Do you have any pregame superstitions?
What has been your most memorable moment as a student-athlete here at Upstate?
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you choose to go? Why?
If your teammates were to use one adjective to describe you, what would they choose? Why?