Akron, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan Student-Athletes Recognized as MAC Pepsi Players of the Week
Cleveland, Ohio- Akron's Jami Bosley, Northern Illinois' T.J. Lux on offense and Western Michigan's Rod Brown on defense are the recipients of the Mid-American Conference men's basketball Player of the Week awards for the 10th week of the 1999-2000 season. Bosley scored a MAC season-high 41 points in a comeback win at Eastern Michigan, Lux had a monster game of 36 points and 20 rebounds in a win against Marshall, and Brown led the Broncos to within a half-game of the MAC West Division lead with stellar defensive play from his point guard position.
MAC Pepsi Offensive Players of the Week -
Akron's Jamie Bosley (6-0, Sr., G, Massillon, Ohio) and
Northern Illinois' T.J. Lux (6-9, Sr., C, Merrillville, Ind.)
Bosley averaged 28.5 points in two games as the Zips beat Eastern Michigan in overtime, 89-81, and Kent, 69-64, to improve their record to a MAC East leading 8-1. Bosley scored 41 points versus the Eagles, including all 14 of the Zips' points in overtime, and 16 versus the Golden Flashes. Akron came back from a second-half, 19-point deficit at EMU to win. Bosley made 9-of-15 (60.0%) three-point attempts and 15-of-33 (45.5%) from the field overall and was successful on 18-of-20 (90.0%) of his free throws for the week. He added 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Bosley's 41 points is the most in a single game by a MAC player this year.
Lux established career highs with 36 points and 20 rebounds in the Huskies' 94-72 triumph over Marshall. The win kept NIU tied with Eastern Michigan for first place in the MAC West. Lux also blocked three shots versus the Thundering Herd. For the week, he averaged 26.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocked shots and 1.5 steals as NIU went 1-1, also losing to Kent 73-54. Lux made 20-of-42 (47.6%) from the field and recorded his 52nd career double-double in points and rebounds. He became the first NIU player since 1981 to score as many as 36 points in a game and the eighth Huskie in the school's Division I history (since 1967-68) to grab as many as 20 rebounds in a game.
MAC Pepsi Defensive Player of the Week -
Western Michigan's Rod Brown (6-1, G, Sr., Dallas, Texas)
Brown led the Broncos to a 2-0 record by holding his opposing point guards to a combined 12-of-30 (40.0%) field goal percentage as WMU beat Toledo, 77-73, and Ohio, 78-74, in overtime. Brown also grabbed nine rebounds, all defensive, in the two games and added five steals. He found time to average 15 points and six assists in the two contests as WMU won back-to-back MAC games for the first time since Jan. 27 and 30, 1999.
Offensive Player of the Week nominations
Bowling Green's Keith McLeod (6-2, G, So., Canton, Ohio) averaged 15.5 points and 2.5 assists as the Falcons beat Central Michigan, 77-74, and Miami, 68-63. McLeod sparked BG's second half comeback win at CMU with 11 points.
Central Michigan's Chad Pleiness (6-6, C, Fr., Scottville, Mich.) averaged 15.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in the Chippewas' three games. He established a career-high 26 points versus Ball State by making 13-of-19 (68.4%) field goals.
Eastern Michigan's Corey Tarrant (6-4, G, Sr., Detroit, Mich.) averaged 20 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists as the Eagles lost to Akron in overtime, 89-81, and beat Toledo, 71-68, to remain tied with Northern Illinois for first place in the MAC West.
Kent's John Whorton (6-8, C, Sr., Columbus, Ohio) averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots as Kent went 2-1. Whorton shot 22-of-32 (68.8%) from the field. He had a game-high 25 points and 13 rebounds at Akron and 16 points and five blocked shots at Northern Illinois. Whorton was also nominated for MAC Defensive Player of the Week for his 10 blocked shots in three games. He became the school's all-time leader in blocked shots with 99.
Marshall's Tamar Slay (6-0, G, So., Beckley, W.Va.) averaged 25 points and five rebounds as Marshall lost to West Virginia and Northern Illinois. Slay scored a game-high 35 points versus the Mountaineers and tied a MAC record with nine three-point field goals in that game.
Ohio's Shaun Stonerook (6-8, F, Sr., Westerville, Ohio) averaged 18.0 points and 13.0 rebounds, including 21 points and a career-high 21 rebounds versus Western Michigan. The effort versus the Broncos was his second 20-20 production of the season. He also scored 24 points at Central Michigan this week. Stonerook netted three of Ohio's MAC record-tying 17 three-point field goals at CMU.
Toledo's Chad Kamstra (6-1, G, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) scored 18 points in both of the Rockets' games (Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan). Kamstra nailed 9-of-20 (45.0%) from three-point range, increasing his career total to 193 threes, by far a school record.
Western Michigan's Thadus Williams (6-4, G/F, Sr., Indianapolis, Ind.) averaged 23.5 points in the Broncos' victories against Toledo and Ohio. Williams led all scorers in both games, getting 22 versus Toledo and 25 at Ohio. His two free throws with five seconds left at Ohio clinched the 78-74 overtime win. He shot 8-of-18 (44.4%) from three-point range.
Defensive Player of the Week nominations
Bowling Green's Len Matela (6-9, C, So., Merrillville, Ind.) averaged 8.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots as the Falcons went 2-0 to climb into second place in the MAC East. Matela contributed 15.5 points and 2.5 assist per game.
Miami's Rob Mestas (5-10, G, Sr., Minneapolis, Minn.) recorded five steals and nine rebounds, eight defensively, while adding 14 points and eight assists in two games. He also scored a career high 20 points at Bowling Green.
Northern Illinois' Rey Jones (6-1, F, Sr., Gary, Ind.) held the MAC's leading scorer, Marshall's Tamar Slay, to 15 points on a 5-of-17 field goal performance in the Huskies' 92-74 win. Jones averaged 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in NIU's two games.