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MAC Men's Basketball East Division Player of Week
Rodriquez Sherman, Kent State, Guard
Senior, Indianapolis, Ind.
Sherman averaged 15.0 points and shot 57.2 percent (12-21) while leading Kent State to a 2-0 week as the Golden Flashes became the first team in 21 years to win back-to-back outright MAC titles. On Tuesday night in a 63-57 win at Bowling Green, Sherman shot 4-4 and totaled 10 of his 13 points in the second half. With Kent State leading by two points and 2:00 left, he forced a steal and then hit a three with1:30 remaining to help seal the six-point win as secure a first round tournament bye. On Friday in front of a capacity 6,327 crowd at the M.A.C. Center the Golden Flashes lone senior powered Kent State to a 52-point second half for and an 11-point turnaround in a 79-68 win over Akron. Sherman shot 6-7 and totaled 12 points after halftime and finished his week averaging 11.0 of his 15.0 ppg in the second half while shooting 91 percent (10-11) from the field. In addition he became the first MAC player in 60 years to be a part of three outright championships during a career.
MAC Men's Basketball West Division Player of Week
Mike Douglas, Western Michigan, Guard
Junior, Detroit, Mich. (Pershing)
Douglas established new career highs in points against Ball State and Central Michigan, scoring 25 points and 28 points, respectively. Douglas shot 60.7 percent from the field, including going perfect against Ball State - 7-for-7 from the field, 3-for-3 from three-point range and 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Douglas' two 20-point games this week are the first two of his career. His 28 point effort at Central included 13 first half points and came in a game that decided the MAC West when WMU's second leading scorer was not able to play. Douglas ended up shooting 16-for-17 from the FT line (.941), amassing nine assists, three steals and one block.
A'uston Calhoun, Bowling Green, Forward
Sophomore, Southfield, Mich. (Southfield)
Calhoun had 16 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Bowling Green to a 73-63 win over Buffalo in the final regular season game in Anderson Arena history, a victory which earned the Falcons a home game in the first round of the MAC Tournament. Calhoun's rebounding efforts helped Bowling Green to a 39-32 rebounding edge over the best rebounding team in the conference, including 25-14 in a critical first half when the Falcons built a 13-point lead. Calhoun also added three assists in the game. For the week, he averaged a double-double with 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds, while dishing out four assists, blocking two shots, and getting a steal.
Julian Mavunga, Miami, Forward
Junior, Indianapolis, Ind. (Brownsburg)
Mavunga averaged a double-double for the second straight week, averaging 14.5 ppg and 11.5 rpg. Mavunga posted 23 points to lead all scorers against Ohio and added a game-high 13 rebounds as Miami won its most MAC games since the 2005-06 season. It was his seventh double-double of the season and 13th of his career. His 23 points marked the eighth time this season he has hit the 20-point mark the third time he has surpassed 20 points in the last six games. He has been in double figures for rebounding in four straight games and seven of Miami's last 10 games ... he went 15-of-17 from the free-throw line against the Bobcats, and his 15 made free throws tie for fourth on Miami's single-game list ... he had six points, 10 rebounds and five assists at Buffalo ... Mavugna has had four or more assists in 12 games this season and has had five or more in four of Miami's last five games.