Men's Basketball

Okonji Recovering After Appendectomy

Godwin Okonji

Godwin Okonji

Dec. 13, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- LMU men's basketball junior forward Godwin Okonji underwent an emergency Laparoscopic Appendectomy Wednesday evening. Okonji was up and walking on Thursday morning and is expected to be released from the hospital on Friday, announced Head Coach Max Good.

"Godwin has had a rough couple days and for him to show that kind of pain means this was serious. Thankfully, it has been taken care of and he is doing well and is already up and about," said Good. "He is the type of kid that does not want to miss a second and has never missed a game due to injury. He has already told us he plans for that to continue. We aren't so sure about that and we will see how he progresses over the next week, but that shows you the type of person he is. We are thankful that everything seems to be going well."

Okonji has started every game this season and has 64 career starts in his two-plus seasons as a Lion. He has played in 73 games (out of 75 opportunities) in his career and is coming off a seven-point, nine-rebound performance at Northern Arizona on Dec. 5.

It has been a tough start to the season for Okonji, whose father passed away in Africa at the start of the season in November. Despite all that, he is averaging six points and 3.8 rebounds in just over 22 minutes of action per game this season.

The Lions continue a two-week layoff for finals but will be back in action on Wednesday, Dec. 19 when they host Ole Miss at Gersten Pavilion. Game time is set for 8 pm and the game can be seen on ESPNU, WatchESPN.com and ESPN3. The game will also be broadcast on KXLU 88.9 FM.

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