Cleveland, Ohio- (Jan. 17) Central Michigan's Tim Kisner and Miami's Anthony Taylor are the recipients of the Mid-American Conference men's basketball Player of the Week awards for the ninth week of the 1999-2000 season. Kisner's all-around play included making 18-of-18 free throws for the Chippewas. Taylor played an exhausting 92 minutes in two games, both RedHawk wins, including a game-high 53 in Miami's triple overtime victory versus Ball State.
MAC Pepsi Offensive Player of the Week -
Central Michigan's Tim Kisner (6-2, Jr., G, Hopkins, Mich.)
Kisner averaged 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game as the Chippewas lost at Buffalo 71-58, then snapped their nine-game losing streak with an 88-72 win versus Western Michigan. Kisner shot 46.2% from the field (6-of-13), but made 18-of-18 free throws and 5-of-10 three-point goals. His free throw accuracy included a perfect 12-of-12 versus the Broncos, including 10-of-10 in the second half.
MAC Pepsi Defensive Player of the Week -
Miami's Anthony Taylor (6-1, G, Sr., W. Medford, Mass.)
Taylor led the RedHawks to wins over Ball State, 86-84 in triple overtime, and Akron, 55-48. He keyed Miami's defense that held the Zips to no points the last five minutes of the game as Miami went on a 9-0 scoring run for the victory. Taylor played 92 minutes in the two games and averaged 23.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 3.5 assists. Taylor was also a nominee for offensive player of the week, an award he previously won on Dec. 13.
Offensive Player of the Week nominations
Akron's Andy Hipsher (6-8, G/F, Fr., Akron, Ohio) averaged 9.5 points per game as the Zips beat Ohio 62-60 and lost to Miami 55-48. Hipsher won the game at Ohio with a three-pointer with 1.7 seconds remaining.
Bowling Green's Len Matela (6-9, C, So., Merrillville, Ind.) averaged 20.5 points and 6.5 rebounds as the Falcons lost at Western Michigan, 91-82, and beat Toledo, 93-76. Matela set a school record by making 12-of-13 (92.3%) of his field goals versus Toledo. For the week, he made 17-of-21 field goals (80.9%) and 7-of-9 (77.8%) of his free throws.
Marshall's Tamar Slay (6-0, G, So., Beckley, W.Va.) helped the Thundering Herd go 2-0 with averages of 21.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Slay scored 43 points in just 50 minutes as Marshall beat Toledo 91-90 and Eastern Michigan 83-68. He posted 23 points against the Rockets and 20 versus the Eagles.
Northern Illinois' T.J. Lux (6-9, C/F, Sr., Merrillville, Ind.) led the Huskies to a 76-64 win at Ball State by scoring 24 points and grabbing seven rebounds. The win snapped NIU's 12-game losing streak in Muncie that dated back to 1976. Lux made 7-of-12 field goals (58.3%) and 10-of-13 free throw attempts (76.9%).
Ohio's Brandon Hunter (6-7, F, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) averaged 14.0 points and 8.5 rebounds as the Bobcats lost to Akron 62-60 and #1 ranked Cincinnati, 73-59.