CLEVELAND (Dec. 18, 2000) -- Marshall's J.R. VanHoose (East Division)
and Ball State's Josh Murray (West Division) are the recipients of the
Mid-American Conference men's basketball Player of the Week awards for
the fifth week of the 2000-01 season.
MAC East Division Player of the Week - Marshall University's J.R. VanHoose
(6-10, F/C, Jr., Paintsville, Ky.)
In Marshall's only game, a 73-50 win over Winthrop, VanHoose scored 14 points and
pulled down 14 rebounds. He was 5-of-9 from the field (55.6%) and a perfect 4-of-4
from the free throw line in 37 minutes. VanHoose became the 40th player in Marshall
history to record 1,000 points and he also increased his rebound total to 531.
MAC West Division Player of the Week - Ball State's Josh Murray
(6-7, F, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.)
Murray posted his fourth double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds
in 39 minutes as the Cardinals went overtime for an 80-74 win over Indiana State.
Murray was 8-of-11 (72.7%) from the field and 4-of-5 from the line. Four of his 11
rebounds came at the offensive end of the floor.
West Division Player of the Week nominations
Toledo's Robierre Cullars had 16 points, two rebounds and one assists in an 83-77
win over Oakland. Cullars went 3-of-6 from three-point range, 4-of-8 overall from
the field, and 4-of-5 from the line.
Western Michigan's K.C. Cavette came off the bench to score a team-high
16 points in 20 minutes in a MAC season-opening 76-65 win over Ohio. Cavette was
4-of-7 (57.1%) from the field and 8-of-11 (72.3%) from the line. He scored 13 of
his points in the second half and eight in the final two minutes to hold off a Bobcat rally.
East Division Player of the Week nominations
Akron's Andy Hipsher scored a career-high 28 points in a 73-58 loss at
Western Kentucky. Hipsher made 7-of-14 shots (50.0%) from the field and was
14-of-18 (77.8%) from the line. He also added four steals and two assists.
Buffalo's Jason Robinson scored a career-high 21 points in a 95-74 loss at
No. 15 ranked North Carolina. Robinson shot 8-of-13 (61.5%) from the field and
5-of-7 71.4%) from three-point range. His five three-point goals were a career-high.
Robinson added two rebounds, one assist and two steals.