MAC East Division Co-Men’s Basketball Player of the Week
Chris Evans, Kent State
Senior, Forward, Chesapeake, Va. (Petersburg)
Evans led Kent State to a pair of wins last week averaging 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting over 66 percent from the field. The 6'8" senior forward signature performance came on Saturday night as he connected on 8-9 shots on the way to a team best 19 points and six rebounds in a 74-60 win at Nebraska that gave Kent State its first win at a Big Ten school since 1970. He scored five of his points in a 9-2 spurt to start the second half that but Kent State in the lead for good. He added another critical jumper with 10 minutes left after Nebraska had trimmed the lead to a single point. Earlier in the week, Evans produced a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Golden Flashes defeated Bethune-Cookman 69-68.
Walter Offutt, Ohio
Senior, Guard, Indianapolis, Ind. (Ohio State)
Senior guard Walter Offutt averaged 19.5 points per game in two contests this past week in leading the Bobcats to a perfect 2-0 record on the week. He also averaged 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Offutt opened the week by scoring 23 points in a 75-67 win over Hampton Tuesday night at the Convocation Center. He also pulled down four rebounds, had three steals and dished out three assists in the 'Cats win over the Pirates. The Ohio guard closed the week by scoring a team-high 16 points in a 25-point blowout of Richmond Saturday afternoon at home. Offutt is one of five Ohio players averaging double figures in scoring.
MAC West Division Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Rian Pearson, Toledo
Junior, Guard, Green Bay
Pearson averaged a team-high 22.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.5 spg and 2.5 apg to earn all-tournament team honors at the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament on the Mainland held at Florida Gulf Coast. Pearson, who sank 15-of-19 (78.9) free throws in the tournament, led Toledo with a season-high 28 points to go along with six rebounds and two steals in UT's loss against the host Eagles in the championship game. The Rockets’ junior guard was extremely efficient on the offensive end with a 61.1 field-goal percentage, including a 20-point, 9-for-11 field-goal performance in the first half. In Toledo’s first game of the tourney, Pearson helped Toledo post its first victory of the season against Samford with 17 points, five boards, a season-high five steals and four assists.
Majok Majok, Ball State
Junior, Forward, Perth, Australia (Midland College)
Majok turned in two more impressive performances last week. The junior forward posted a double-double Tuesday against Indiana State with 15 points and 12 rebounds. He then scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed five rebounds Sunday against the strong front line of No.1-ranked Indiana. The double-double against Indiana State was the second this season for Majok, who is leading the MAC in rebounding. Through four games, the junior college transfer is nearly averaging a double-double with 15.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. He has scored in double figures in all four games with Sunday’s 18-point output at Indiana marking the highest of his Ball State career so far.
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Junior, Forward, Newark, NY (Newark)
McCrea averaged 18 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals as the Bulls went 1-1 on the week. He tied a season-high with 22 points at Canisius on 9-of-14 shooting. He added six rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal against the Griffs. He played just 17 minutes against Mansfield and had 14 points, seven rebounds an assists and two steals.
A'uston Calhoun, Bowling Green
Senior, Forward, Southfield (Southfield, Mich.)
Calhoun, the MAC's leading scorer, led BGSU to a split of two games in Western Pennsylvania for the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament. Calhoun led the team in scoring in each contest, posting 17 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots in a loss to Robert Morris. He followed that up with his first double-double of the season, a 20-point, 10-rebound performance in a win over Alabama-Huntsville. Along with averaging 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on the week, Calhoun shot 54 percent from the field, made 3-of-6 three-pointers and 6-of-7 free-throws.
Kyle Randall, Central Michigan
Senior, Guard, Youngstown, Ohio (Kennedy Catholic Pa.)
Was instrumental in both of the Chippewas' win as they went 2-1 in the Utah Thanksgiving Tournament… had a team-high 13 points in a win over Wright State and hit the game-winner with 0.5 seconds left to beat Idaho State, 54-52… averaged a team-high 10.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists through the tournament… shot 82.4 percent (14-17) from the line and led the team in defensive rebounding.
Daylen Harrison, Eastern Michigan
Redshirt Junior, Guard/Forward, Akron, Ohio (St. Vincent-St. Mary)
Harrison turned in another productive outing for Eastern Michigan Saturday, Nov. 24, when he helped the Eagles move to 5-1 on the 2012-13 season. Harrison led the Eagles in scoring in a 75-57 victory over Madonna University, with 17 points. He also pulled down nine rebounds, while dishing out four assists. Harrison shot 58.3 percent (7-for-12) from the field, including 50.0 percent (1-of-2) from beyond the arc. Defensively, Harrison picked up two steals.
Reggie Johnson, Miami
Freshman, Guard, Chicago, Ill. (St. Joseph’s)
Johnson helped spearhead Miami to a 2-0 week, which pushed the RedHawks above .500 for the first time since the start of the 2011-12 season with decisive wins at William & Mary (72-59) and against James Madison (76-58). The RedHawks defeated their two CAA foes by an average of 15.5 ppg. Johnson scored 21 points off 7-of-11 shooting (.636) against James Madison, the most points by a RedHawk this season and his second 20-point effort in just five games in a Miami uniform. He sunk 5-of-7 3-point attempts and shot a scorching 71.4 percent from long range against the Dukes. Johnson made his first collegiate start at William & Mary and recorded three assists and five points while also notching a steal and two rebounds to help Miami collect its first non-conference Division I road win since defeating Northwestern State on Dec. 30, 2008. For the week, Johnson averaged 13.0 ppg and shot 50 percent from the field, including 55.6 percent from 3-point range while making his first two collegiate starts.