MAC Men’s Basketball East Division Player of the Week
D.J. Cooper, Ohio
Senior, Guard, Chicago, Ill.
Cooper tallied a career-best 17 assists - including 13 in the first half - and added 12 points, six rebounds and four steals to help Ohio earn its largest win over rival Marshall (94-57) in 93 years on Saturday. Cooper's 17 assists broke a school record and tied the MAC all-time mark, set on two previous occasions. The performance was his fourth double-double of the season and 21st of his career. Cooper recorded his 800th assist in the first half and now has 811 for his career. At 820, the Chicago, Ill., native will move into 25th place all-time on the NCAA Division I assists list. This season, Cooper leads the MAC with 8.5 helpers per game and was ranked fifth nationally in assists per game leading up to Saturday's contest.
MAC Men’s Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Jesse Berry, Ball State
Junior, Guard, Lafayette, Ind. (Jefferson)
Berry scored 21 points, handed out four assists and made a game-winning play Wednesday to lead Ball State to a 62-61 victory over Norfolk State in its only game of the week. Berry finished the night 6-for-11 from the floor, including 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range, as he topped the 20-point mark for the third time in the past four games and the fourth time this season. The Cardinals’ point guard set up teammate Majok Majok for the game-winning basket as time expired, driving the length of the floor in the final six seconds and finding Majok in the lane for a buzzer-beating dunk. Berry, who ranks seventh in the MAC with an average of 14.3 points per game, played 36 minutes against Norfolk State without committing a turnover. He helped the Cardinals knock down 12 treys as a team, the most for the program since the 2005-06 season.
Zeke Marshall, Center,
Senior, McKeesport, Pa. (McKeesport)
Marshall continued his solid play in helping the Zips to a 1-0 record last week, including a 91-63 win over Coppin State on Jan. 2. Marshall was one of three Zips’ players to record a double-double against the Eagles, posting 13 points, 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and one assist in 24 minutes. He connected on 6-of-7 from the field and 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. Akron’s three double-doubles in one game marked the first time that had happened in program history.
Javon McCrea, Buffalo
Junior, Forward, Newark, NY (Newark)
McCrea recorded his third double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds at Tulsa in the Bulls' only game of the week. The junior forward played 29 minutes and shot 8-of-18 from the field and 6-for-7 from the free throw line. The 11 rebounds tied his season high.
Allen Roberts, Miami
Junior, Guard, Middletown, Ohio (Middletown)
Roberts led all players with 21 points in a hard-fought game against UMass. Roberts knocked down a career-high five treys, going 5-of-9 (.556) from long range and 7-of-15 from the field (.467). His 21 points tied the most scored by a RedHawk this season and was the second 20-point scoring effort for Roberts this season. He added two assists and four rebounds in 30 minutes of action in the lone game for Miami last week. The RedHawks dropped a one-point decision to the Minutemen, the closest any MAC school has played UMass.
Nathan Boothe, Toledo
Freshman, Center, Gurnee, Ill. (Warren Township)
Boothe scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds on Monday against Chicago State. Boothe converted 4-of-6 shots from the field and a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe en route to his fourth double-digit scoring outing of the season. Boothe finished just one rebound shy of his season high and blocked one shot to mark the fifth straight game he has rejected a shot.