Cleveland, Ohio (February 21, 2000) -- Bowling Greens's Anthony Stacey on offense and Marshall's Derrick Wright on defense are the recipients of the Mid-American Conference men's basketball Player of the Week awards for the 14th week of the 1999-2000 season.
MAC Pepsi Offensive Player of the Week - Bowling Green's Anthony Stacey (6-4, F, Sr., Elyria, Ohio)
Stacey led the Falcons to within a half-game of the East Division lead with 24 points in a 71-61 win over first-place Kent, and followed with 15 points in an 86-75 win against Eastern Michigan. Stacey shot 61.5% from the floor, making 16 of 26 field goal attempts. His all-around play included 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game. In the process Stacey became Bowling Green's career leader in scoring, ending the week with 1,861 points.
MAC Pepsi Defensive Player of the Week - Marshall's Derrick Wright (6-7, F, Sr., Norcross, Ga.)
Wright led the Thundering Herd to wins over Ohio and Buffalo by averaging 12 rebounds and two blocked shots a game. Wright also contributed six points a game offensively. He was instrumental in holding the MAC's leading rebounder, Ohio's Shaun Stonerook, to three rebounds and nine points. Wright ranks seventh in the MAC in rebounding (7.6) and is fourth all-time at Marshall in blocked shots with 129.
Offensive Player of the Week nominations
Ball State's Duane Clemens (6-0, G, Sr., Muncie, Ind.) averaged 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals as Ball State went 2-1 to remain tied for first place with Toledo in the West Division. Clemens made 26-of-56 field goals (46.4%) and scored 20 versus Akron, 26 at Toledo and 23 versus Miami. He won the Miami game with a three-point goal at the buzzer in overtime.
Kent's Andrew Mitchell (5-11, G, Jr., Detroit, Mich.) averaged 15 points in two games, including a career-high 22 points on 9-of-10 shooting versus Akron. Mitchell shot 66.7% (12-of-18) from the field for the week.
Miami's Anthony Taylor (6-1, G, Sr., Medford, Mass.) scored 19 points in the RedHawks' only game of the week, a 60-57 overtime loss to Ball State. Taylor nailed a three-pointer with eight seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
Marshall's Cornelius Jackson (6-4, G, Jr., Oak Hill, W.Va.) averaged 16.5 points and seven assists as Marshall beat Ohio and Buffalo. Jackson made 60.0% (12-of-20) from the field and increased his MAC-leading assists total to 184.
Northern Illinois' T.J. Lux (6-9, C, Sr., Merrillville, Ind.) averaged 23.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, two assists, 2.5 blocked shots and 2.5 steals per game as the Huskies went 1-1. Lux, already the school's career leader in points, added NIU's all-time rebounding record to his resume when he grabbed his 1,078th career carom. Lux also tied the school record with his 57th career double-double.
Toledo's Chad Kamstra (6-1, G, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) averaged 19 points in two games as the Rockets stretched their winning streak to eight with wins against Ball State and Western Michigan. Kamstra's performance included making 10-of-10 free throws versus WMU. He also set a school record for three-point goals in a season with 69 by hitting five three-pointers for the week.
Defensive Player of the Week nominations
Ball State's Lonnie Jones (6-11, C, Fr., Gary, Ind.) tallied 12 blocked shots in three games as the Cardinals went 2-1. Jones, who leads the MAC in rejections, stopped three shots versus Akron, five at Toledo and four versus Miami.
Bowling Green's Len Matela (6-9, C, So., Merrillville, Ind.) averaged 9.5 rebounds in two games, and helped hold Eastern Michigan's Calvin Warner to 11 points below his average. Matela led the Falcons against EMU with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Kent's Demetric Shaw (6-3, G, So., Fort Worth, Texas) averaged six rebounds (four defensively) and 1.5 steals in two games as the Golden Flashes went 1-1. Sahw keyed Kent's 83-54 win against Akron with a game-high nine rebounds and added two steals.
Northern Illinois' Rey Jones (6-1, F, Sr., Gary, Ind.) headed the defensive effort that limited Central Michigan's David Webber to six points, 12 below his average, in the Huskies' 84-61 win. Jones made four steals and grabbed six rebounds versus the Chippewas. Jones had nine rebounds in NIU's loss at Western Michigan.
Toledo's Greg Stempin's (6-8, F, Jr., Macomb, Mich.) defensive effort was highlighted with two blocked shots in the last 10 seconds to secure the win over Ball State. The win put the Rockets into a first-place tie with the Cardinals. Stempin averaged 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots in the Rockets' wins over BSU and Western Michigan.