Toledo and Buffalo Student-Athletes Recognized as MAC Pepsi Players of the Week

Updated 1/31/2000
CLEVELAND (January 31, 2000) -- Toledo's Justin Hall on offense and Buffalo's Mike McKie on defense are the recipients of the Mid-American Conference men's basketball Player of the Week awards for the 11th week of the 1999-2000 season. Hall led the Rockets to two wins this week by shooting 58.6% from the field and averaging 23 points a game. McKie helped Buffalo to a 2-1 mark with 12 blocked shots.

MAC Pepsi Offensive Player of the Week - Toledo's Justin Hall (6-3, So., G, Detroit, Mich.)

Hall scored a career-high 27 points in a 65-62 win over Northern Illinois on Wednesday as the Rockets snapped a six-game losing streak. Hall made 9-of-17 field goals and 8-of-8 free throws while pulling down eight rebounds versus the Huskies. In Saturday's 65-52 win at Kent, Hall scored 19 points, making 8-of-12 from the field, had five rebounds and two assists. For the week Hall averaged 23 points and 6.5 rebounds while making 17-of-29 (58.6%) from the field.

MAC Pepsi Defensive Player of the Week - Buffalo's Mike McKie (6-8, So., F, Brooklyn, N.Y.)

McKie blocked 12 shots in three games as the Bulls, who had won just two of their previous 24 MAC games, beat Akron and Western Michigan and lost to Ball State. In the 84-83 win over Akron, McKie scored 14 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds while blocking four shots. He added five blocked shots, 12 rebounds and nine points in a 63-60 win versus Western Michigan, and had three blocks, seven rebounds and six points at Ball State in an 82-68 loss. McKie established career highs in rebounds (12) and blocked shots (5) this week. He also becomes the first Buffalo men's basketball player to win a player of the week award during the Bulls second season in the MAC.

Offensive Player of the Week nominations

Bowling Green's Anthony Stacey (6-4, Sr., F, Elyria, Ohio) scored 23 points versus Kent and 21 against Akron as the Falcons went 1-1. Stacey averaged 22 points, 6.5 rebounds and two assists per game.

Buffalo's Nikolai Alexeev (6-11, C, Jr., Minsk, Belarus) averaged 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as the Bulls had their best week ever in the MAC, going 2-1. In UB's 84-83 win versus Akron, Alexeev led the team in scoring with 18 points.

Kent's Trevor Huffman (6-1, G, So., Petoskey, Mich.) averaged 15.5 points in two games as the Golden Flashes went 1-1. Huffman made 11-of-13 (84.6%) from the free throw line and led his team in scoring versus Bowling Green (15) and Toledo (16).

Miami's Anthony Taylor (6-1, G, Sr., West Medford, Mass.) averaged 18.5 points and 3.5 rebounds as Miami went 1-1. Taylor scored a game-high 28 at Marshall, making 11-of-18 field goals (61.1%).

Northern Illinois' T.J. Lux (6-9, C, Sr., Merrillville, Ind.) averaged 21.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in the Huskies' two games. Lux's best game was 23 points and 19 rebounds in a win against Eastern Michigan that tied NIU for the league lead in the West Division. He had 20 points and eight rebounds in a loss to Toledo.

Ohio's Shaun Stonerook (6-8, F, Sr., Westerville, Ohio) averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds as Ohio won both of its games. Stonerook had 22 points and eight rebounds versus Ball State and 16 points and 10 rebounds against Marshall. He added a season-high seven assists versus the Thundering Herd.

Defensive Player of the Week nominations

Akron's Jimmal Ball (5-10, G, Sr., Canton, Ohio) had seven steals in two games as the Zips lost to Buffalo and Bowling Green. Ball also had 31 points and 12 assists for the week.

Bowling Green's Dave Esterkamp (6-7, F, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio) averaged 7.5 rebounds in the Falcon's two games, a loss at Kent and a win versus Akron. Esterkamp tied his career high with 28 points against the Zips.

Northern Illinois' Rey Jones (6-1, F, Sr., Gary, Ind.) paced an incredible defensive effort that held Eastern Michigan to 1-of-22 shooting (4.5%) in the first half of a 76-62 NIU win. Jones averaged 7.5 rebounds in the Huskies' two games.

Ohio's Dustin Ford (5-10, G, Jr., Cambridge, Ohio) averaged three steals in Ohio's two wins as he helped the Bobcats hold opponents to 53 points in both games and just 22.0% shooting from three-point range. Was instrumental in holding the MAC's leading scorer, Tamar Slay, to just four points in the 77-53 win versus Marshall.

Toledo's Craig Rodgers (6-11, C, Jr., Minerva, Ohio) averaged 4.0 rebounds per game and helped hold center John Whorton to no field goal attempts in the Rockets' 65-52 win at Kent.