Cleveland, Ohio (Dec. 21) - Ball State Cardinals teammates Theron Smith and Lonnie Jones are the recipients of the Mid-American Conference men's basketball Player of the Week awards for the fourth week of the 1999-2000 season. The duo led Ball State to its sixth consecutive win, a convincing 72-52 win versus No. 24 ranked Purdue. Both players had double-doubles in points and rebounds, Smith with 16 and 11, respectively, and Jones with 13 and 10. Jones also had five blocked shots.
MAC Pepsi Offensive Player of the Week - Ball State's Theron Smith (6-8, F, Fr., Auburndale, Fla.)
Smith led the Cardinals to their sixth consecutive win, a 72-52 trouncing of No. 24-ranked Purdue University. Smith scored a game-high 16 points and corralled 11 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench. He added an assist, a blocked shot and a steal. Smith made 6-of-12 field goals, including 2-of-3 three pointers. The game was the first ever men's collegiate game at Conseco Field House in Indianapolis. Earlier this year Smith was named MAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Akron's Ryan Andrick (6-7, F, Sr., Akron, Ohio) scored a game-high 20 points, including the game-winner with 1.2 seconds to play for a 64-62 triumph at Rhode Island. Andrick shot 9-of-16 from the floor, including one three-point goal.
Marshall's Tamar Slay (6-9, F, So., Beckley, W.Va.) scored a career-high 26 points in the Thundering Herd's 89-79 triumph over Georgia. In helping Marshall improve to 7-0, Slay also contributed four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot in 23 minutes. Slay leads the Herd with his 19.0 ppg.
Miami's Anthony Taylor (6-1, G, Sr., W. Medford, Mass.) despite playing with an ailing back, scored a season-high 26 points in Miami's 72-61 win over Wright State. Taylor sank a career-best 17-of-18 free throws and added three steals and three rebounds.
Northern Illinois' T.J. Lux (6-9, C, Sr., Merrillville, Ind.) helped the Huskies to a 2-0 week, including a 55-51 win against Wisconsin for NIU's first win over a Big Ten team since 1985. Lux scored nine points, grabbed nine rebounds, had three assists and two blocked shots versus the Badgers. In NIU's 83-52 win against Buffalo, he had his 51st career double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
Ohio's Brandon Hunter (6-7, F, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) led the Bobcats in scoring in both games in wins over Central Florida and Toledo. Hunter had 17 points versus the Knights and 16 against the Rockets. His 12 rebounds against UCF gave him his first career double-double.
Toledo's Greg Stempin (6-8, F, Jr., Macomb, Mich.) tied his career-best with four three-point goals, leading to 16 points in a 66-57 loss at Ohio. Stempin also added seven rebounds.
MAC Pepsi Defensive Player of the Week - Ball State's Lonnie Jones (6-11, C, So., Gary, Ind.) blocked five shots while also posting a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds (six defensive) in the Cardinals' 72-52 triumph over No. 24 ranked Purdue. Jones added one steal in his 29 minutes of action.
Ohio's Shaun Stonerook (6-8, F, Sr., Westerville, Ohio) had back-to-back double-doubles as the Bobcats defeated Central Florida and Toledo. Stonerook had 12 points and 11 rebounds versus the Knights and 13 points and 12 boards against the Rockets. Nineteen of his 23 rebounds came on the defensive end and he also totaled five steals and two blocked shots.