Cleveland, Ohio- Bowling Green's Dave Esterkamp and Ohio's Shaun Stonerook are the recipients of the Mid-American Conference men's basketball Player of the Week awards for the seventh week of the 1999-2000 season. Esterkamp led the Falcons to wins over Northern Illinois and Buffalo by shooting 75.0% from the field. Stonerook had a monster of a game in Ohio's overtime loss at Kent, pulling down 20 rebounds and posting 21 points.
MAC Pepsi Offensive Player of the Week -
Bowling Green's Dave Esterkamp (6-7, Sr., F, Cincinnati, Ohio)
Helped the Falcons stretch their winning streak to five games with a 72-54 win versus Northern Illinois and a 96-90 conquest of Buffalo. Despite taking only 16 shotsfrom the field, Esterkamp produced 38 points in the two games. His 17 versus NIU and 21 against UB both led the team in scoring. Esterkamp made 12-of-16 field goals (75.0%) and 11-of-16 free throws (68.8%) while adding 17 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. He connected on 3-of-5 (60.0%) from three-point range.
MAC Pepsi Defensive Player of the Week -
Ohio's Shaun Stonerook (6-8, C-F, Sr., Westerville, Ohio)
Stonerook's 20 rebounds and 21 points in the Bobcats' 73-69 overtime loss at Kent was the first 20-20 game by an Ohio player since Gary Trent in 1994 versus Eastern Michigan. Stonerook also had 12 rebounds and 12 points in Ohio's come-from-behind 57-54 win at Miami. Twenty four of his 34 rebounds came on the defensive end.
Offensive Player of the Week nominations
Akron's Ryan Andrick (6-7, F, Sr., Akron, Ohio) averaged 23.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in Akron's wins over Marshall, 92-78, and Toledo, 82-79. Andrick made 13-of-27 field goals (48.1%) and 19-of-23 free throws (82.6%).
Ball State's Duane Clemens (6-0, G, Sr., Muncie, Ind.) played an amazing 98 minutes in two games that went a total of four overtimes and averaged 26.5 points. Clemens made 18-of-42 field goals (42.9%) and added 10 steals on the week and played a high of 54 minutes in a 98-93 triple overtime loss to Eastern Michigan without making a turnover. He also logged 44 minutes in a 88-85 overtime win versus Toledo.
Buffalo's Louis Campbell (6-2, G, Jr., Rahway, N.J.) averaged 15.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals in two games as the Bulls lost to Eastern Michigan, 73-53, and Bowling Green, 96-90. Campbell had a career-high 13 rebounds versus EMU.
Eastern Michigan's Larry Fisher (6-4, G, Sr., Lima, Ohio) came off the bench to average 14.5 points in the Eagles' two wins, 73-53 versus Buffalo and 98-93 in triple overtime at Ball State. Fisher had 14 points versus the Bulls and 15 at Ball State as EMU snapped the Cardinals' 10-game winning streak. For the week, Fisher made 11-of-22 (50.0%) from the field and 3-of-6 (50.0%) from three-point range.
Kent's Kyreem Massey (6-5,G-F, Jr., Columbus, Ohio) averaged 17.5 points in two games, including a team-high 18 in the Golden Flashes' 73-69 double overtime win over Ohio. He also netted 17 points in Kent's 90-80 loss at Marshall. Massey made 12-of-27 (44.4%) from the field, 11-of-14 (78.6%) from the free throw line and added eight rebounds on the week.
Marshall's J.R. VanHoose (6-10, C, So., Paintsville, Ky.) averaged 23.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocked shots and 1.5 steals as the Thundering Herd lost at Akron 92-78 and defeated Kent 90-80. VanHoose was a sizzling 16-of-18 (88.9%) from the free throw line and played 75 out of a possible 80 minutes.
Miami's Anthony Taylor (6-1, G, Sr., Medford, Mass.) scored a career-high 28 points in a 60-55 win over Central Michigan and grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds in a 57-54 loss to Ohio. Averaged 24.0 points and 9.0 rebounds during the two games. He hit a pair of free throws with 13 seconds remaining to clinch the win over CMU and his 20 points led all scorers in the matchup versus Ohio.
Northern Illinois' Leon Rodgers (6-6, F, So., Columbus, Ohio) averaged 20.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocked shots and 1.5 steals as NIU lost to Bowling Green 72-54 and defeated Western Michigan 68-67. Rodgers made 12-of-30 (40.0%) from the field and had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds versus the Broncos.
Toledo's Justin Hall (6-3, G, So., Detroit, Mich.) averaged 21.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocked shots as the Rockets lost in overtime at Ball State, 88-85, and at home to Akron, 82-79. Hall made 15-of-28 (53.6%) from the field and 5-of-11 (45.5%) from three point range.
Defensive Player of the Week nominations
Akron's George Phillips (6-6, F, Sr., Franklin Park, Ill.) had 17 of his 23 rebounds during the Zips two games come at the defensive end of the floor. Akron went 2-0 with wins over Marshall and Toledo. Phillips also had two blocked shots and one steal for the week.
Ball State's Theron Smith (6-8, F, Fr., Auburndale, Fla.) grabbed 15 rebounds, including nine defensive, blocked one shot and made one steal in the Cardinals two games, an 88-85 overtime win versus Toledo and a 98-93 triple overtime loss to Eastern Michigan.
Bowling Green's Len Matela (6-9, F, So., Merrillville, Ind.) totaled 19 rebounds, 15 of those defensive, and blocked two shots as the Falcons beat Northern Illinois 72-54 and Buffalo 96-90.
Marshall's Derrick Wright (6-7, F, Sr., Norcross, Ga.) pulled down 16 defensive rebounds and 25 overall and added one steal as the Thundering Herd split two games, losing 92-78 at Akron and winning at home versus Kent 90-80.
Miami's Rob Mestas (5-10, G, Sr., Minneapolis, Minn.) held his opponent in games versus Central Michigan to 10 points and versus Ohio to five points. Mestas also grabbed four rebounds and made one steal.
Toledo's Chad Kamstra (6-1, G, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) made six steals in two games, three in each game. Also scored 15 points versus Ball State and 19 against Akron.