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Monday, January 25, 2010

Alumni: Qahwash's Aggressive Style Paying Dividends


Guard Imad Qahwash (Grand River '06) led his Central Arkansas Bears in scoring this weekend despite scoring just one field goal.

Confused? Don't be. Qahwash has an uncanny knack for getting to the line for a point guard --- he attempted 16 free throws on Saturday (making 11) and scored 13 points in total, albeit in a 68-53 loss to McNeese State.

Qahwash has been getting to the line regularly as of late and actually attempts more free throws per game than he does field goals. He is
one of only 5 Division I players that can say that they fall into that category.

The Bears are in their final year of the "transition" phase from NCAA Divsion II. In other words, they won't be eligible for postseason play this season --- but they will be next year when Qahwash is a senior.

Speaking of their past, alumni Scottie Pippen was back in town last week to have his number retired by UCA during halftime of the game between UCA and Nicholls State. In the photo attached at right, Pippen is seen giving a pre-game talk to the Bears (Qahwash is the closest player seated).
UCA (7-12, 1-4 in Southland Conference Play) ended up winning that game 64-50 before a record crowd at the Ferris Center of 5,297.