MAC Men's Basketball East Division Player of the Week
Nikola Cvetinovic, Akron, Forward
Junior, Loznica, Serbia (Virginia Episcopal School)
Cvetinovic helped the Zips to a pair of road victories last week (2-0), averaging 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 1.5 assists per game. At Detroit on Dec. 1, Cvetinovic led the Zips with 18 points, seven boards, two assists and four steals in 37 minutes on the court. Against UIC on Dec. 4, he led all scorers with 19 points,13 coming in the second half, while recording five rebounds, four steals and one assist in 34 minutes. His fourth, and final steal, with seven seconds left in regulation helped seal the victory for Akron. For the week, he shot 65.4 percent from the field (17-for-26) while averaging 35.5 minutes per game and led the team with eight steals.
MAC Men's Basketball West Division Player of the Week
Jalin Thomas, Central Michigan, Forward
Senior, Columbus, Ohio (Pensacola Junior College)
Thomas opened McGuirk Arena in grand fashion on Wednesday, Dec. 1, scoring a career-high 26 points while draining six three-point field goals. The Colubmus, Ohio native scored 17 points in 17 minutes in the first half. On Sunday, Dec. 5, Thomas once again led the Chippewas in scoring, scoring 19 points while pulling down six rebounds and dishing out two assists. The senior now leads the Maroon and Gold in scoring, averaging 16.4 points per game.
Byron Mulkey, Buffalo, Guard
Senior, Wheatfield, N.Y.
Mulkey averaged 15.5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals as the Bulls split a pair of close roads games on the week. In a 56-54 win at Army, Mulkey had 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals. He hit the game-winning jumper with 12 seconds left and then snatched the rebound at the other end to preserve the win for UB. Against St. Bonanventure, Mulkey led a charge that saw the Bulls erase a 19-point second half deficit. He scored 11 of his team-high 21 points in the final nine minutes, including a lay-up with 32 seconds left to tie the game. He added seven rebounds, two assists and three steals against the Bonnies.
Justin Greene, Kent State, Forward
Junior, Brooklyn, N.Y. (Lincoln)
Greene averaged 16.5 points and shot 13-21 for the week as the Golden Flashes went 1-1. Greene had 17 on Thursday vs ULM then scored 14 points and had seven rebounds at UAB on Sunday. He ranks third in the league in scoring, fourth in rebounding and third in field goal percentage.
Julian Mavunga, Miami, Forward
Junior., Indianapolis, Ind. (Brownsburg)
Mavunga averaged 21.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg as Miami faced two of its local rivals last week. Mavunga amassed a career-high 24 points to lead all scorers as Miami upset Xavier 75-64, handing the Musketeers just their second loss of the season. Mavunga's 24 points are the most by a RedHawk this season and mark just the second time a Miami player has hit the 20-point mark in 2010-11. It was Miami's largest win of the season and the first time the RedHawks eclipsed 75 points. Mavunga shot 50 percent from the field (8-of-16), nailing two 3-pointers. He was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line as the RedHawks sunk 17-of-18 free-throw attempts, hitting 94.4 percent from the line which ties for sixth on Miami's single-game list ... it was the most free throws made and attempted by a RedHawk in the game ... he also hauled in a team-high-tying eight rebounds and added two assists and two blocked shots in 36 minutes of action against Xavier ... Mavunga followed that by recording a team-high 18 points to tie all scorers at Dayton ... he again sunk eight field goals, two from 3-point range, and added seven rebounds and one assist to his tally in 38 minutes of action ... Mavunga shot 48.5 percent from the field for the week and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line, missing just one attempt.
DJ Cooper, Ohio, Guard
Sophomore, Chicago, Ill.
Scored 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out six assists (only 1 turnover) in a close loss to C-USA opponent, Marshall. Nine rebounds were a season-high. Has now scored 13 or more points in six of seven contests this season. Ohio's leading scorer at 18.4 points per game. Also tops on the team in assists with almost six-and-a-half per game and second on the team in rebounding at 6.0 per game.
Xavier Silas, Northern Illinois, Guard
Senior, Austin, Tex./Brewster Academy (N.H.)/University of Colorado
Xavier Silas continued his high scoring trend, averaging a team-best 21.5 points per game in NIU's two contests. Averaging 31.5 minutes, the senior also piled up four steals, three assists and two rebounds, while shooting 53.8 percent from the field (14-for-26), 37.5 percent on three-pointers (3-for-8) and 85.7 percent from the free throw line (12-for-14). Against Boise State, Silas scored nine points, grabbed one rebounds and tied a career-high with three steals in 31 minutes, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe ... The point total snapped a streak of four games with at least 22 points . Versus DePaul, Silas went off for a career-high tying 34 points, marking the third time in the last four games that he had reached his career high. He also added a rebound and steal apiece and a season-high tying three assists while shooting a proficient 70.6 percent on field goals (12-for-17), 50 percent on three-pointers (2-for-4) and 80 percent on free throws (8-for-10) . The fifth game at 22 points or better raised his scoring average to a nation's fourth-best 26.3.
Delino Dear, Toledo, Center
Freshman, Chicago, Ill. (Progressive Christian Academy)
Dear tallied season highs in both points (18) and rebounds (9) in the Rockets' loss to Cincinnati on Saturday. Dear shot 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the field in 32 minutes of action.
Matt Stainbrook, Western Michigan, Center
Freshman, Bay Village, Ohio
Stainbrook recorded the first double-double of his young career with a career-matching 16 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in a 109-50 win over Alma on Dec. 4. It was the third time Stainbrook has scored in double figures in the first six games of the season. His double-double was the first for the Broncos since Donald Lawson's 13 points and 10 rebounds against Northern Illinois on Feb. 17, 2010. Stainbrook opened the week with a nine-point, seven-rebound performance in a loss at the buzzer on the road at Towson. The freshman shot .667 from the floor during the week (12-for-18) and leads the conference in field goal percentage (.700).