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Illinois State senior Zach Copeland has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon.


The award is the first for Copeland, who earned one MVC Newcomer of the Week honor a season ago.

The Oakland, California, native averaged 19.5 points per game during the week in which Illinois State started a season 2-0 for the first time since 2012-13. He made 56 percent of his shots from the field (14-of-25) and 42 percent (5-of-12) from long range. He also pulled down six rebounds, dished out nine assists and had five steals over the two games.


Copeland scored 20 points in the season opener against Belmont, making 8-of-16 shots from the field and 2-of-6 from long range, and he also added five assists (just one turnover), six rebounds, and three steals. Four days later against Little Rock, he scored 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and was 3-of-6 from three-point distance. Against the Trojans, he dished out four assists and picked up a pair of steals. Copeland is currently the only player in the MVC to rank inside of the top-10 in the MVC in scoring, assists, and steals.


The Redbirds return to action on Sunday, Nov. 17, when the team plays host to the UCF Knights with a 1 p.m. tip-off at Redbird Arena.

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