MAC East Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Chris Evans, Kent State
Senior, Forward, Chesapeake, Va. (Petersburg/Wabash Valley CC)
Evans led Kent State to a season opening win against a Drexel team that is the favorite to win the CAA and was ranked 4th in the CollegeIndsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. Evans accounted for nearly a third of Kent State's offensive output totaling 21 points while adding nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal. He also scored four of the Golden Flashes 11 points in OT. During the 31 minutes Evans was on the floor, Kent State held a +18 advantage in points scored over Drexel. The Golden Flashes were out scored 29-15 when he was on the bench.
MAC West Division Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Jesse Berry, Ball State
Junior, Guard, Lafayette, Ind. (Jefferson)
Berry scored a team-high 17 points Sunday to lead Ball State to a 78-51 win over Grambling State in the Cardinals’ season opener. The junior guard needed just six shots from the floor, all of which came from 3-point range, to score his 17 points. He knocked down four of those treys and also finished a perfect 5-for-5 at the free throw line. Berry, a preseason All-MAC West Division selection, added two rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Ball State win. He made key shots early in the game, scoring 14 of his points over the first 20 minutes help the Cardinals build a halftime lead that they expanded over the second half. Berry’s 17 points were more than any other MAC West Division player in a single game on the season’s opening weekend.
Jake Kretzer, Akron
Freshman, Forward, Waverly, Ohio (Waverly)
Kretzer made his Zips’ debut on Friday in Akron’s 74-70 overtime loss at Coastal Carolina. The freshman forward finished with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals in 42 minutes. He became just the fourth freshman in the Keith Dambrot era to start his first collegiate game. He closed out the contest shooting 5-of-11 from the field (.455) and 4-of-9 from 3-point range (.444). He also finished with just one turnover for a 4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Jordon Crawford, Bowling Green
Senior, Guard, Cincinnati, Ohio (La Salle High School)
Crawford scored 22 points, 16 in the first half, and added five rebounds, four assists and three steals as BGSU won its 21st consecutive home opener with a 63-53 victory over Lake Erie. Crawford made five of his first seven shots to put Bowling Green ahead for good in the early-going. The shortest player on the court at 5-foot-6, Crawford also grabbed five rebounds, one offensive.
Daylen Harrison, Eastern Michigan
Redshirt Junior , Guard/Forward, Wyoming
Harrison, helped to Eagles to a 1-1 start on the 2012-13 campaign this week. Harrison posted double-digit scoring affairs in back-to-back games. He led the Green and White with 14 points against Jacksonville State, Nov. 11, while also posting 12 against Rochester College, Nov. 9. The Akron, Ohio native averaged 13 points and five rebounds a game, while shooting 60 percent (9-of-15) from the field and 50 percent (2-of-4) from three-point land. He also went 6-of-7 from the charity stripe, good for an 85.7 percent free throw percentage. Defensively, he posted three blocks for EMU.
Julius Brown, Toledo
Sophomore, Guard, Hillcrest
Brown led the Rockets with 15 points and was Toledo's only double-figure scorer in the Rockets' season-opening 62-50 loss at Loyola (IL). Brown tallied 13 of his points in the first half to keep UT within striking distance.
Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan
Redshirt Junior, Center, Paw Paw, Mich (Lawrence)
Whittington was a a calming presence for the Broncos this past weekend, as he anchored a line-up featuring five different freshmen as the Broncos took on the Cornell Big Red. Whittington recorded a double-double against the Big Red, scoring a career-high 15 points and adding a career-high tying 13 rebounds. Whittington was difficult for Cornell to handle down low, drawing five fouls over the course of the game, and turning those fouls into a 7 of 10 performance from the free throw line. He was one of two Broncos to break double-digits in scoring, joining freshman Jared Klein (12).