CLEVELAND, Ohio- Marshall's Tamar Slay (East Division) and Toledo's Greg Stempin (West Division) are the recipients of the Mid-American Conference men's basketball Player of the Week awards for the third week of the 2000-01 season. For Stempin, it marks the second consecutive week he has won the award
MAC East Division Player of the Week - Marshall University's Tamar Slay (6-9, G, Jr., Beckley, W.Va.)
Slay scored 19 points in each game for the Thundering Herd, a 67-65 win at No. 24 ranked Dayton and a 77-69 triumph over Detroit. Slay also had nine rebounds and two blocked shots versus the Flyers, including a block of the potential game-winning three-point shot at the buzzer. Slay shot 46.4% (13-of-28) from the field and 84.6% (11-of-13) from the line in the two games. The win at Dayton was the Herd's first over a ranked team since beating No. 23 Wake Forest three years ago in Huntington.
MAC West Division Player of the Week - Toledo's Greg Stempin
(6-8, F, Sr., Macomb, Mich.)
Stempin won his second consecutive player of the week award for leading the 5-0 Rockets to wins over Detroit, 78-72, and George Mason, 84-75. Stempin averaged 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocked shots and 1.0 steals per game. He shot 57.1% (12-of-21) from the field in the two games. Toledo has now won 16 of its last 17 games dating back to last year.
West Division Player of the Week nominations
Central Michigan's Tim Kisner averaged 16 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.0 apg and 2.0 spg as the Chippewas beat Drake, 73-68, and lost to Illinois State, 85-73. Kisner was 14-of-15 from the line.
Northern Illinois' Leon Rodgers scored a game-high 18 points in the Huskies' only game, an 84-64 loss to Illinois-Chicago. He also grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots.
East Division Player of the Week nominations
Bowling Green's Len Matela averaged 21.5 ppg and 14.0 rpg as the Falcons lost to UNC-Wilmington, 91-76, and beat Duquesne, 92-77. Matela shot 64.0% (16-of-25) from the field and 84.6% (11-of-13) from the line and set a career-high with 17 rebounds versus Duquesne.
Buffalo's Jason Robinson set career highs with 20 points and 13 rebounds in an 80-78 overtime loss to Niagara.
Kent State's Andrew Mitchell was named to the all-tournament team at the Coca-Cola Classic in Milwaukee as he averaged 12.7 ppg and 4.3 apg for the week. KSU beat St. Bonaventure and Centenary and lost to Cal-State Northridge.
Miami's Jason Grunkemeyer led the RedHawks to a 66-58 win over No. 15 Temple by scoring 20 points. He also had nine points in a 56-42 win over Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Ohio's Brandon Hunter posted 20 points and 13 rebounds in a 77-64 win over Niagara.